Oral Cancer is getting more media attention due to HPV (Human
Papapillomavirus) and its alarming late detection rate. The survival rate is 60% and sadly this is a
statistic has not improved in the last 50 years. Of all oral cancers, 90% are
squamous cell carcinomas, with an average of at least 40,000 new diagnoses per
year. Recently, celebrities are stepping out of the shadows and bravely sharing
their personal stories, bringing awareness to early detection. Fortunately, there is a new salivary
diagnostics exam which your general dentist can perform chair side; with no
needles involved and it’s a quick and painless process.
technology available to cancer patients has drastically improved in the past 50
years; so, why has the survival rate not improved with the times? Oral cancer has been elevated to the sixth
most common cancer worldwide. Currently,
the use of salvia as a diagnostic fluid is the cutting edge of early detection
with oral cancer. This had been under development for the past decade and it’s
recognized as a convenient body fluid for biomarker evaluation. If oral cancer
is caught early, the survival rate is higher than 90%. What a world of difference from the late
detection survival rate of 60%!
biomarkers have been shown to aid in the early detection of oral squamous cell
cancer (OSCC) which is the leading oral cancer perpetrator. The National Cancer
Institute-Early Detection Research Network (NCI-EDRN) has independently
verified these markers found in saliva.
A vast majority the of patient population does not report having an oral
cancer screening at routine dental cleanings and exams. These exams are recommended
by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the National Cancer
Institute-Early Detection Research Network (NCI-EDRN). The potential successes of early detection
via chair side saliva swab at your dentist are phenomenal and measured only
exponentially. The “key” to cancer is
early detection and now dentists are able to provide this service.
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