WHAT IS ORAL CANCER?
Alarming if not shocking statistics:
The Need for Early Screening and Detection for Early Intervention -
When diagnosed early, oral cancer patients have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Unfortunately 40%
of those diagnosed with oral cancer will die within five years because the majority of these cases will be discovered as a late stage malignancy.
Oral cancer is particularly dangerous, because the patient may not notice it in its early stages. It can frequently prosper without producing pain or symptoms or masquerade as symptoms of other conditions relating oral health other than oral cancer. As a result, oral cancer often goes undetected to the point of metastasizing.
What is needed:
In addition to the health benefits for screening for earlier detection and intervention, early detection and treatment represents a potential 81% in costs savings versus detection and treatment of a later staged oral cancer. Thus, earlier detection and treatment may ease the economic burden currently impacting the health care system for treatment of oral cancer.
References: American Cancer Society
Oral Cancer Foundation
National Cancer Institute
For more information, please visit the following sites:
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Dental Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Health
National Cancer Instiute
The Oral Cancer Foundation
The Oral Cancer Consortium
The Mouth Cancer Foundation
Fight Oral Cancer Foundation
Oral Cancer Awareness