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More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer than ever before. In the past, traditional risk factors such as drinking, smoking, and using chewing tobacco were considered the only causes of oral cancer and it was typically found in people age 40 and older. Oral cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women due to their exposure to HPV (Human Papillomavirus). That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for oral cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it’s caught early. Early detection and diagnosis can make a tremendous difference: oral cancer is 90% curable when found in its early stages. However, oral cancer is often non-symptomatic in these early stages. At DCOF, we are able to provide an Oral Cancer Screening that has proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities. An annual Oral Cancer Screening is painless and fast. Using a specially designed light, we can detect changes in your mouth that will usually go undetected with the naked eye. Numerous studies show that this advanced Oral Cancer Screening improves the ability to visualize invisible mucosal changes and clinically suspicious lesions.
The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of many other cancers that we hear about routinely. We share this information with our patients not to frighten, but to educate about services that can ensure a long and healthy life. Please ask one of our team members about scheduling an annual Oral Cancer Screening.