Approximately 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause almost 10,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. And, of those 54,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in five years. In fact, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and many others.
These are sobering statistics, and that’s why we at Dr. Lance Johnson Family Dentistry make it part of our standard practice to check our patients visually for the signs of oral cancer at every appointment. Now, with the Oral ID cancer screening light, we have a new weapon in our dental arsenal to ensure that no oral cancer goes untreated in our office.
OralID is a “fluorescence technology” that utilizes blue light waves to highlight problem areas, making them visible to our dental team. Abnormalities in the mouth are a signal of oral cancer and pre-cancer. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial to a patient’s health, so we’re proud to operate the best technology on the market for visualizing oral abnormalities — and do our part to bring those oral cancer statistics down.
Read more about oral cancer, its risk factors, and warning signs here.