Oral Cancer Screening
We want to share this IMPORTANT health information with you!
Approximately 43,500 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. While historically the majority of people are over the age of 40 at the time of discovery, it is now occurring much more frequently in those under this age. Exact causes for those affected at a younger age are now becoming clearer in peer-reviewed research, revealing a viral etiology (cause), the human papillomavirus number 16 (HPV).
It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour 24 hours per day. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number that has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). If you expand the definition of oral cancers to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.
Unfortunately 40% of those diagnosed with oral cancer will die within five years because the majority of these cases will be discovered as a late-stage malignancy. When found early, oral cancer patients have an 80 to 90% survival rate.
Tracey S — 51-year-old Tracey is one mouth cancer survivor who puts her successful battle down to early detection. Her advice? “Never ignore it, and go and get checked out!”
Rachel P — Mom of five Rachel noticed a lump in her mouth. Having heard of mouth cancer and the symptoms, she knew she needed to get checked out. She did, and it saved her life.
Gordon M — Gordon knew something wasn’t quite right in his mouth, yet he couldn’t quite put his finger on what it was. Fortunately for him, during a routine check-up, his dentist could.
Keith H — Keith fell victim to the disease when his wife found a small lump in his neck. He didn’t think anything of it, but his wife suggested it would sensible to get it checked out. It saved his life.
*Ask us TODAY about oral cancer screening with Identafi® – our new early detection system. Early detection can help SAVE LIVES – like it did for these people – and we care about YOURS!
Do Not Ignore Suspicious Lumps or Sores!
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