Monday, 08 May 2017 16:22

Oral Cancer Screening Frequency

Written by  DentalEZ
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Last month, in the spirit of Oral Cancer Awareness month, DentistryIQ published Statistics: Oral Cancer Screening Occur. But do they happen often enough? This article was written by Kevin Henry, co-founder of, based on actual oral cancer screening statistics taken from Sikka software from 2010 through 2016.

The Sikka Software data shows growth in the average number of pre-diagnostic oral cancer tests administered by dental professionals from approximately 6 screenings per month in 2010 to just over 9 per month in 2016.1

Henry points out that in comparison to 21 patients the average dentist sees daily1, 9 total screenings per month seems like a very low number.“Think about how many patients were going through practices last year that did not receive an oral cancer screening. It’s a scary number.”

Henry attributes this extremely low number of screenings to 3 major factors:

  1. Time- Dental Professionals perceive screenings take up too much time in an already packed schedule.
  2. Cost confusion- Most dentists do not know what to charge and/or if insurance covers the screening.
  3. Fear- Discussing cancer with patients.

Henry takes the time to point out some very helpful resources that alleviate each of these screening road blocks in the hopes that providing this information may help to increase this monthly number drastically. Click here to read the article.

StarDental® Instruments offers a solution to assist dental professionals incorporate oral cancer screenings into their practices with the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening System. In addition to the system, StarDental also offers a plethora of information, printable literature, and research about oral cancer. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer facts, statistics, benefits of early detection or the Identafi system, click here


1Based on data collected by Sikka Software based 12,500+ dental practices in the U.S.

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    my dealer is Henry Schein, I bought an identafi system through them. The do not carry the 52 mm filter for taking pictures in you catalog as RT3-23052 where do i buy one.

  • Comment Link Nile Thursday, 25 May 2017 20:56 posted by Nile

    Your blog is quiet interesting. Thank you and keep posting.


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