Oral Cancer Detection

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Risk Factors

  • More common in men than women
  • Most common in African Americans
  • Greater risk after age 35
  • Tobacco use
  • Frequent alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight (lip cancer)
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • The sexually transmitted infection HPV
  • Approximately 25% of oral cancer cases have no known risk factors

The Importance of Early Detection

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has given the following 5 Year Survival Rates from oral cancer.

Localized cancer (before it spreads) 82%
Regional cancer (spread to nearby organs) 53%
Distant cancer (spread to distant organs) 28%

The quicker we detect oral cancer the better the treatment outcome and the better your long-term health. The Drs at Rogers and Platt Dental in Colorado Springs, CO recommend an oral cancer screening every year and they include the Sapphire Plus Detection System otherwise known as Velscope to help with their exam and early oral cancer detection.