At Moore Family Dental, we believe in providing routine oral cancer screenings for the early detection of oral abnormalities. We use a technology called OralID.
OralID uses a proven, optically based technology called “fluorescence technology.” OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light (435–460 nm) that allows one of our clinicians or dentists to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus saving lives. It is quick, easy to use and non-threatening to patients.
Why is Oral Cancer Screening important?
When found at an early stage of development (Stage I and II), oral cancers have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. The problem is that the majority of oral cancers are found in late stages (Stage II and IV), resulting in a mortality rate of 43 percent at a five-year diagnosis (for all stages combined).
Here are some statistics to consider:
- Oral cancer kills one American every hour.1
- Approximately 42,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013.1
- In 2013, among the 42,000 diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States, 18,000 will not be alive in five years.2
- Oral cancer’s incidence rate has increased the last five years in a row.1
- In 2007, oral cancer’s incidence increased by 11 percent.1
- The mortality rate for oral cancer has not changed significantly in three decades1
- Oral cancer’s high mortality rate is due to late-stage discovery (Stage III and IV).1
- The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than the rates for cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer and skin cancer.1
1Oral Cancer Foundation
2National Cancer Institute/SEER