The Dangers of Oral Cancer

Friday, April 1, 2016
Would it surprise you to know that Oral Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer out there? But the good news is it is also the one of the most curable cancers if detected early.
 
People who are diagnosed with oral cancer in the early stages of the disease do extremely well in treatment and recovery. The fact of the matter is, however, that a high number of oral cancer victims happen to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, where chances of survival is less likely. 
 
Statistics show that an American dies from Oral cancer every hour, but less than an hour is all the time you would need for us to help identify the disease in the early stages.
 
There are two main types of screening methods. OralCDx is a simple brush technique that can help determine if any part of your mouth contains abnormal cells which can develop into cancer. Another type is Vizilite. This screening method helps detect soft tissue in the mouth that can also lead to cancer. Both of these techniques are an easy way to test on a regular basis for one of the deadliest, yet curable cancers around. 
 
There are certain risks factors that can dramatically increase the chances of oral cancer. Regularly drinking and smoking are two of these risk factors. However, diagnosis is certainly not limited to these two behavioral factors. In our next news article, we will cover the Symptoms of Oral Cancer.
 
For patients in the Delaware, OH area, Lechner Dental Group offers oral cancer screening as a part of our exams. Make an appointment online, or call us at 740-363-8240

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