Oral cancer kills one American every hour.1 It is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissues of the lips, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palate, sinuses, throat and/or the floor of the mouth.
Oral cancer is often asymptomatic in its early stages. 40 percent of oral cancers are found in patients who do not have traditional lifestyle risks. This means all patients, regardless of age and lifestyle, need an oral exam that looks for abnormal tissue.
Advancements in florescence technology give us the ability to “bring light” to abnormalities earlier. Identifying more than just cancer, fluorescence technology allows us to discover increased metabolic activity which can result from a palatal burn, cheek bite or squamous cell carcinoma. During assessments we look for dark or abnormal lesions. If your lesion is still present at your second assessment and continues to exhibit a loss of fluorescence, you should see an Oral Surgeon.
Groton Wellness now offers OralIDTM, a state-of-the-art, florescence technology used by trained clinicians to better identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions in the mouth. If you are concerned that you may have oral cancer or would like to be screened, contact your dentist for a comprehensive exam. The dentists at Groton Wellness recommend screening for oral cancer once per year, as early detection can save more lives.
1Oral Cancer Foundation
2National Cancer Institute/SEER
3 American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012
4 Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York (C) 2011