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Oral Cancer Screening

  • Did you know that squamous cell carcinoma is the most common malignancy in the oral cavity and oropharynx, accounting for 90% of cancers of the head and neck?
  • Did you know that oral cavity and oropharynx cancers account for 2.9% of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. and 1.6% of all cancer deaths?
  • Did you know that 5-year relative survival rate for those with localized disease at diagnosis is 83%, compared with only 36% in patients whose cancer has metastasized?
  • Did you know that major risk factors for oral cavity -squamous cell carcinoma and oropharynx – squamous cell carcinoma are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, interaction between heavy use of tobacco and alcohol together, and chewing betel quid (“paan,”often practiced in Asian, migrant Asian, and other communities)? Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer, rather than oral cancer.

Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist or doctor to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure. Most dentists and dental hygienists perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. Some additional tests may be used to aid in identifying areas of abnormal cells in your mouth.


For reference visit https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/cancer-head-and-neck