Oral Cancer Screening

Every hour of every day in North America someone dies of oral cancer.

Historically the primary risk factors for oral cancer included tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, and past history of cancer, with a high percentage of victims being males over the age of 40.

Benefits of Early Detection

We believe that the key to increasing the percentage of oral cancers discovered in early stages is two-fold:

According to the SEER database:

Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas (OSCC)

OSCC make up over 90% of all oral cancers:

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The HPV Connection

In recent years, younger males as well as females have accounted for an increasing percentage of oral cancer victims. The reason, which has been documented by numerous studies, is now known to be a link between oral cancer and the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, or HPV.

One type of HPV — the HPV-16 strain — is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer, the fastest-growing type of head and neck cancer. HPV is also the leading cause of cervical cancer, and it can cause vaginal, penile and vulvar cancer as well as genital warts.

About 20 million Americans currently have an HPV infection. According to the CDC, an estimated:

Early Screening May Affect Mortality Rates

The impact of HPV is one reason that, despite the decline in tobacco usage, oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose incidence rate has not improved in the past 50 years.

The cancers that have seen a major decline in the mortality rate have included colon, cervical, and prostate cancer, and the primary reason is increased screening and earlier detection. We feel there is every reason to believe that increased screening and earlier detection will have the same effect on the mortality rate of oral cancer.