Friday, 06 April 2018 16:25

Oral Cancer Awareness Month 2018 is Here!

Written by  DentalEZ
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Close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and will cause more than 9,750 deaths. Of the people newly diagnosed, just over about half will live longer than 5 years. The death rate associated with oral cancer remains so high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. 1 As dental professionals, we need to promote awareness & early detection throughout the year, but especially every April.

Early detection provides your patients better protection against oral cancer. Studies show that early detection increases the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer to 83 percent.2 Identafi enhances the appearance of suspicious tissue using three wavelengths of light, revealing mucosal abnormalities which may lead to oral cancer or premalignant dysplasia that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Dental practices offering Identafi as a visual enhancement can help their patients with early detection of oral mucosal abnormalities.

Buy an Identafi System in April and receive a free box of disposable sleeves!

In addition, April is National Oral Health Month in Canada, created by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) as a reminder to take extra care of oral health and recognize its impact on overall well-being. 

The CDA website features an article about National Oral Health Month, which links oral health problems as signs of more serious health issues such as oral cancer:

“The reality is that oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. This devastating disease has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed very late. With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved.”

Read the entire article here!

 

To learn more about Identafi Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement system here! Remember, now is the time to buy an Identafi System & take advantage of our OCA month promotion!

To learn more about US Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and the Oral Cancer Foundation, click here!


 

 1 Oral Cancer Foundation “Oral Cancer Facts – Rates of occurrences in the United States” https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/ 
(accessed March 30, 2018).

 2 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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