Oral Cancer Screening
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2009, an estimated 35,720 new cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, causing approximately 7,600 deaths. It is one of the few types of cancer that has not seen a significant reduction in incidence over the past 30 years, and recent research has shown a strong association with human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be sexually transmitted.
American Dental Association recommends
An oral cancer screening for anyone over the age of 18 and to patients of high risk.
Cowden Family Dental continually looks for advances to ensure that we are providing the optimum level of oral health care to our patients. We are concerned about your health and the health of your mouth. We commit to screen you at each visit. Our goal with oral cancer screenings is to identify cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure and to minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects.
What is an oral cancer screening?
Screening for oral cancer is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This may be done during your routine dental visit. The exam will include looking for lesions, including areas of leukoplakia (an abnormal white patch of cells) and erythroplakia (an abnormal red patch of cells). Leukoplakia and erythroplakia lesions on the mucous membranes may become cancerous. This screening can help find cancer at an early stage. When detected early cancer may be easier to treat.
What is your risk factor for oral cancer?
- Increased Risk: patients ages 18-39: sexually active
- High Risk: patients age 40 and older; tobacco users, have been sexually active
- Highest Risk: patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors (tobacco and/or alcohol use, have been sexually active); previous history of cancer and/or oral cancer
*It is important to remember that Dr. Cowden does not necessarily think you have cancer because he suggests or performs a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms.
Schedule your oral cancer screening today