Rivercrest Family Dental

Oral Cancer screening

Why is it important to get at least one Oral cancer screening per year?

Because oral cancer is not prejudice. It can happen to anyone, any age, gender and race. Even if you have a full set of dentures, and have no teeth, it is still important to see your dentist for a screening.

Oral cancer will be found in an estimated 30,000 Americans this year and will cause close to 8,000 deaths. Only half of those who develop the disease will live more than five years. More than 90 percent of all oral cancers are found in people 45 years of age and older, but oral cancer can happen at any age. Men develop oral cancer twice as often as women, and it occurs more often in African Americans than in whites. The 5-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent. High risk behaviors include cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking, use of smokeless tobacco, and excessive use of alcohol.

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