When found early, oral cancer patients have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. Unfortunately 40% of those diagnosed with oral cancer will die within five years because the majority of these cases will be discovered as a late stage malignancy. (see stage description in Oral Cancer section)
Oral cancer is particularly dangerous, because the patient may not notice it in its early stages. It can frequently prosper without producing pain or symptoms. As a result, Oral Cancer often goes undetected until it has already metastasized to another location.
Oral Cancer – Who does Oral Cancer Screening?
Dentists, Periodontists, Hygienists
Most oral cancer screenings are done by a Dentist or Hygienist
Periodontists routinely screen for oral cancer on all new patients
A routine “recall” exam usually includes a visual search for lesions and abnormal structures in the oral cavity
It is estimated that 60% of the patients visiting a dentist get screened at least once a year
At Designer Smiles Dentistry, we care for you. We offer free Oral Cancer screening with your cleaning.