Year after year, tens of thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer. Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, with the disease killing more than 8,000 Americans annually. As with many other types of cancer, early detection and diagnosis can play a critical role in one’s chance for successful treatment. By visiting us regularly for dental appointments, we are able to see and monitor any changes in the mouth that may be a sign of oral cancer, thus leading to early detection and a more successful outcome.
During your appointments, we take the time to carefully evaluate the oral conditions present in your mouth and throat as well as your neck, to screen for any abnormalities so that we are able to take biopsies if necessary or to refer you to the appropriate specialist when needed. At our office, we use the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening system, which was recognized as a Top Product in 2012 in Dentistry Today. This product uses three different wavelengths of light so that oral tissue changes can be monitored and any abnormalities can be detected. This three-wavelength system provides Dr. Fischer with the information he needs to make accurate recommendations for next steps. And that adds up to earlier detection and more confidence moving forward in your treatment.
Our office routinely performs a visual oral cancer screening not only at the initial patient dental exam, but all recall and periodic exams as well. If you notice something unusual in your mouth, do not wait to contact us. Call the office today as early detection is key!
Keep in mind that cancerous lesions can be small, look like an irritation, could be ulcerated, red, or white. If you see any of these things on your lips, cheeks, or especially along the sides or under your tongue, please call our office today at 303-740-9353 to schedule an appointment.
More insight into oral cancer can be found here:
- Six Step Screening
- Oral Cancer Awareness
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- National Institute of Health Fact Sheet
- American Dental Association