Oral Cancer on the Rise and Striking Younger

Oral Cancer is officially an epidemic and early discovery is critical. Most oral cancer is very treatable when detected in the early stages of the disease. Our doctors here at Wrigleyville Dental use the latest fluorescence technology that allows them to shine a blue light during your oral examination that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage. This light can save your life because oral abnormalities may not always be visible to the naked eye.

The number of oral cancers have increased over a 7 year period, where all other cancers have declined. Due to this, the CDC recommends an annual oral cancer screening if you are 17 years of age or older. The latest statistics are alarming.

  • 40% of new diagnosis are young, non-smokers
  • 69% of oral cancers are found in late stage
  • 8,650 deaths due to late diagnosis

Also, a serious new oral cancer risk factor is HPV exposure. HPV, transmitted through saliva, sexual and skin-to-skin contact is the cause of the fastest growing oral cancer population under the age of 45.

At your next Wrigleyville Dental check-up, say yes to this two-minute oral exam that can literally save your life.


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