Prevention and early detection are important tools in the fight against oral cancer.
Nearly 36,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Yet oral cancer is one of the more treatable cancers when it is detected in its early stages. Your dentist can use a quick and painless diagnostic tool called a brush biopsy to test unexplained red or white spots in your mouth. At Kuhn Dental Associates, we do an oral cancer check at each hygiene visit; another good reason not to miss your scheduled hygiene appointments.
Less than half of all oral cancer patients fully recover, and those who do are often disfigured. More than 9,000 American die from oral cancer each year, and the five-year surival rate has stagnated at only 57% for the last 40 years. If caught early, the five year survival rate jumps to 81%. Prevention and early detection are the keys to keeping oral cancer at bay …. any maybe even saving your life.