Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth deadliest cancer in the world with roughly 30,000 new cases of oral cancer diagnosed each year? When detected and treated early, oral cancer can be 90% curable.
Oral cancer is a growing problem, especially among smokers, smokeless tobacco users and drinkers. However, according to the American Dental Association, more than 25% of those who are diagnosed with oral cancer, including those under the age of 30, do not fall into these categories.
To help in the fight against oral cancer, an oral cancer screening improves our ability to identify, evaluate and monitor suspicious areas at their earliest stages. This is important because abnormal cells in the mouth can progress to a pre-cancerous state with little warning, but early detection can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly even save your life.
Zona Rosa Dental has incorporated oral cancer screenings into the standard of care in our practice to ensure that you receive a thorough and complete exam. It is recommended that an oral cancer screening be offered to all adults on an annual basis; however individuals of any age who use tobacco products also should be checked annually.