FREE Oral Cancer Screening in April

ORAL CANCER IS QUICKLY becoming one of the most prevalent forms of cancer today. But surprisingly, it’s rarely talked about.

Let’s Talk About Oral Cancer

The biggest problem with oral cancer is that many patients aren’t diagnosed with oral cancer until late in the game. We want to help stop that from happening.

Why Young, Non-Smokers Are Getting Oral Cancer

Unfortunately, statistics show the number of oral cancers has increased over the last six years, and 40% of new diagnoses are young, non-smokers.

HPV, which is transmitted through saliva, sexual, and skin-to-skin contact, is responsible for a 15x increase in oral cancer diagnosis for those under the age of 45. HPV-related cancers are 6-7 times more common in men than women.

United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual oral cancer screening if you are 17 or older.

Some other major risk factors for oral cancer are:

  • age 40 years or older
  • alcohol use
  • smoking
  • smokeless tobacco
  • previous oral cancer history
  • sexual activity

There Are Other Risk Factors… Everyone Has Some Risk

Don’t misunderstand. If you don’t have any of the risk factors above, you’re still at risk. 40% of oral cancers are actually found in people who don’t identify with any of these risk factors.

OralID Allows Us To Detect Cancer Early

We have an amazing new technology called Oral ID. Oral ID detects cancer before the human eye can find it using sophisticated fluorescence technology. The OralID process is simple:

  1. We will feel around the outside and inside of your mouth for lesions or growths.
  2. Using the blue OralID light, (while wearing protecting glasses) we will shine the light around your mouth searching for dark spots or clumps.
  3. We’ll discuss anything we’re concerned about with you.

This Video (created by another practice) Shows The Screening Process

We’re Offering FREE Screenings This Month

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering FREE screenings. This exam only takes TWO minutes. A potentially live-saving two minutes.

OralID (Oral ID) works by using fluorescence technology, which is an optical based technology that allows us to shine a blue light that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage.

In less time than it takes to order a cup of coffee, Dr. Brenner will have screened you. Most oral cancer is very treatable when detected in the early stages, so call and schedule your two-minute OralID oral cancer screening appointment today.

Thank you for being part of our dental family!