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Daily Dental Center | Oral Cancer Screening in Ann Arbor

Daily Dental Center

Exceptional Daily Dental Care, Without Exceptions.

905 W. Eisenhower Circle

Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(734) 997-8805

Oral Cancer Screening

Every hour of every day in America someone dies of Oral Cancer. Oral Cancer is the sixth most common diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Presently 30,000 patients are diagnosed annually with oral cancer. The 5-year survival rate is only 50%, accounting for 8,000 deaths each year. Oral Cancer risk factors include tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, past history of cancer, and the presence of the HPV virus. Recently however 25% of all newly diagnosed cases have been in patients under the age of forty with none of the known risk factors. Oral Cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved in the past 50 years.

The reason these statistics are so grim is that oral cancer is often detected in its later stages. However, when detected early, before the disease spreads destroying healthy tissue, the chances of survival are greatly improved.  

At Daily Dental Center, oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.

The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.

Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Ann Arbor Dentist | Oral Cancer Screening. Wei Wang is a Ann Arbor Dentist.