Oral Cancer Awareness

Dentistry in Focus

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Abnormal Oral Lesions

Care for a Lifetime: Oral Cancer Statistics & Screening

  • Oral cancer affects more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year. In the U.S., one person dies from oral cancer every hour.
  • Oral cancer is considered among the most preventable of cancers.
  • For oral cancer, the average years of life lost (AYLL) is 16 years, one year more than for all cancers in general.
  • More deaths occur annually from oral cancers than from cervical cancer.
  • Only half of those diagnosed with oral cancers are still alive after five years.
  • The incidence of oral cancer and the mortality rate due to oral cancers has been almost three times greater in males than females. African-Americans have a slightly higher incidence than Caucasians.
  • About 75% (figures of up to 90% have been suggested) of oral cancers are attributed to the use of tobacco of all forms.
  • Alcohol use also has been positively correlated with the incidence of oral cancers. Other risk factors include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 16/18 infection and Marijuana use.
  • The relative risk for oral cancer created by combined tobacco and alcohol use is multiplicative and substantially greater than that for either smoking or alcohol use alone.
  • More than 75% of all oral cancers can be diagnosed by sight or palpation.
  • Tongue lesions account for approximately one-third of all oral cancers.

vizilite plus oral cancer screening
Yearly Oral Cancer Screenings at Fayette Family Dental Care

Dr. Verdin and other dentists across the country recommend annual ViziLite® Plus screenings as part of your complete dental examination. Using a special rinse and the ViziLite light source, he will look for any suspicious areas that require follow up in order to rule out a cancerous lesion.

Spread the word about Oral Cancer. If you have questions about oral cancer or would like us to present this topic to your school or business, please don't hesitate to Contact Us for more information.

References:
 American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/
 The Oral Cancer Foundation, http://oralcancerfoundation.org/
 Zila ViziLite Plus web site, http://www.zila.com/vizilite/

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