Did you know dental professionals can screen you for cancer? The dental profession is actually the first line of defense for oral cancer detection! Many people think that dentists just help you take care of your teeth and don’t realize dentists are actually concerned with your overall wellness!
Kaka’ako cosmetic dentistry is proud to be supporting Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April. Dr. Adachi and the whole team at Kaka’ako want to let everyone know that they offer oral cancer screenings to help combat the disease.
Why are oral cancer screenings important?
Oral cancer screenings are important because early detection is crucial to effectively treat oral cancer.
Many people think that oral cancer is a rare form of cancer, but the Oral Cancer Foundation reports that 1 person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Oral cancer awareness is actually at an all-time low. Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016. That’s 132 new individuals diagnosed every day. Most cases of oral cancer are caught late in development, which is why the death rate is so high, but when oral cancer is detected early, the survival rate is anywhere between 80-90%. Oral cancer screenings and early detection can save lives!
How your dentist can help.
Think about the first thing that happens when you visit your dentist. No matter what procedure you are visiting your dentist for, you will most likely sit down in the chair and “open wide” while the dentist or hygienist examines your mouth, teeth, gums, and throat. Dental professionals are extremely familiar with the soft tissues in your mouth, and with the proper examination techniques can and do perform oral cancer screenings.
During these screenings your dentist or hygienist will look for abnormalities in your mouth, and throat to detect any possible early signs of oral cancers. If they find anything that is of concern, or a red flag the only way to provide a definitive diagnosis is through biopsy. If your dentist decides you need a biopsy you will be referred to an oral pathologist who will be able to provide further diagnosis.
Raising awareness about the importance of regular screenings is vital in fighting the prevalence of oral cancer. Think about the impact public awareness has had on public participation in annual screenings for other cancers such as pap smears to detect cervical cancer, mammograms to detect breast cancer, and prostate exams to detect prostate cancer.
Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to participate in Oral Cancer Awareness Month and help raise public awareness about the importance of regular oral cancer screenings. Increased public awareness could result in more people seeking oral cancer screenings and consequently more dental practices actively screening patients for oral cancer.
There are over 100,000 dentists in the United States, and each of these dentists see a handful of patient everyday which means there are countless opportunities for early detection of oral cancers. Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to provide oral cancer screenings and provide opportunities to detect oral cancer in its early stages and help save lives.
Dr. Gerald Adachi and the whole team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry want you to be proactive about your health and give you peace of mind. Don’t forget to schedule your oral cancer screening today and help us spread the word about the importance of early detection!
For more information or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adachi, call Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry at (808) 670-3576 or visit us online!