OralID for Early Detection of Oral Cancer
Cosmetic Dentists of Houston is proud to be one of the first dentists in the country to use OralID, the newest, state-of-the-art cancer screening device on the market today.
Why Does Dr. Canto use OralID for oral cancer screenings?
- OralID is completely safe and simple to use: The actual device is very small and non-invasive. In fact, it looks and acts just like a small flashlight.
- Oral Cancer screenings are fast and easy: Exams can now be done in only 2 – 5 minutes by inspecting your mouth with OralID during your oral wellness exam.
- OralID sees better than you can: The OralID light technology lets us identify oral abnormalities, even beneath the surface of the skin before they can be seen or felt.³
What is OralID
“It’s like a little flashlight, which shines a blue florescent light into the patient’s mouth. It can show us abnormalities long before they can be seen or felt.”
Early Detection Saves Lives
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. Out of those 42,000 who are diagnosed this year, 18,000 will not survive 5 years. ²
The current survival rate for oral cancer is approximately 57%.
This is a lower rate than than can be expected with cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). ²
The survival rate for oral cancer is very high if detected early – up to 80%.
And the treatment and procedures for removal are much easier and less disfiguring the earlier it is detected.
The survival rate for oral cancer is very low if detected late.
Today, most oral cancer is detected only after it has advanced to stage III and IV when cure rates are only 19%.
From The New York Times, (2009):
Despite the many advances against cancer in recent decades, the statistics on this form of it remain discouraging: More than 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in the late stages, and the five-year survival rate is a disappointing 59 percent. Moreover, oral cancer is increasing in people traditionally at low risk, a phenomenon partly attributed to the rise of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can be transmitted through oral sex.¹
Ask your dentist if they offer oral cancer screenings, or search for a dentist near you using our Nationwide Oral Cancer Screening Directory
“Oral cancer kills one American every hour. We can stop that with early detection”
~Dr. Amanda Canto