Oral cancer is on the rise. While the Incidence and death rates of cancers overall have decreased over recent years, the Incidence of oral cancer has Increased by 5.5% and death rates by 1.5%. What Is the most significant reason for this rise in oral cancer? HPV(Human Papilloma Virus), which is know to cause up to 95% of cervical cancer is now closely linked to oral cancer.
With oral cancer on the rise, COG values the importance of performing routine oral cancer screenings to our patients. We are now utilizing a new tool In our office. The Identafi 3000 oral cancer screening device enhances the early detection of oral cancer. The Identafi 3000 uses white, violet and amber lights and is one of the most advanced technologies available today for oral cancer detection.
We look forward to seeing you In the office!
The screening Is recommended once per year for anyone 18 or older. (smokers and nonsmokers)
-Dr. Kevin Stoller & Dr. Scott Stoller
The Alarming Statistics
- A person dies from oral cancer every hour.
- Approximately 35,310 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
- Over 40% of those diagnosed will die within five years.
- The high mortality rate associated with oral cancer is due to late stage diagnosis.
- This is the third year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence, in 2007 there was a major jump over 11% in that single year.
- 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).
- The incidence rate for oral cancer is 3 TIMES GREATER than cervical cancer in the US.
- Exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus) is the fastest growing risk factor for oral cancer.
- The mortality rate associated with oral cancer has not improved significantly in the last 40 years.
- 90% of oral cancer occurs in patient 45 years or older, which encompasses "all" 84 million Baby Boomers.
- An estimated 7,550 oral cancer patients died in 2007 (5,180 men and 2,370 women).
- Men above the age of 45 and elderly patients have the highest risk of developing oral cancer.
- Men of African ancestry have an especially high risk in every age group. With the incidence rate at 1/3 higher than whites and the mortality rate almost twice as high.
- 90% of oral cancers are "Squamous Cell Carcinomas."