Oral cancer is not a rare disease and unfortunately it is on the rise. Because of this, early detection is critical. As a result, Downtown Dentists now offer fluorescence technology known as OralID to aid in identification of oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions of the oral mucosa at an earlier stage.
Currently, 63% of oral cancers are found in Stage III or IV resulting in a 5-year survival rate of less than 50%. If we can detect these cancers in an earlier stage, 5-year survival rate can increase to 80-90%.
Most common risk factors for Oral Cancer:
- Age (40 and over)
At Downtown Dentists, we perform an oral cancer screening on every patient on an annual basis at a minimum. OralID acts as an additional tool to help with diagnosis and detection. Ask us about OralID and how you can have the exam at your next dental visit!