In this year alone approximately 35,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with oral cancer. When found early, oral cancer has a very high survival rate. Unfortunately, when patients don’t see the dentist every six months, most oral cancer is found as late stage cancer.
Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.