Oral Cancer Screening
At MacArthur Family Dental, we continually look for advances to ensure that we are providing the optimum level of oral healthcare to our patients. We are concerned about oral cancer and look for it in every patient.
One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary cause of increasing incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol use are other major predisposing risk factors, but more than 25% of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle risk factors. Studies also suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV 16/18) plays a role in more than 20% of oral cancer cases. Oral cancer risk by patient profile is as follows:
INCREASED RISK: Patients age 18-39, sexually active patients (HPV 16/18)
HIGH RISK: Patients age 40 and older, tobacco users (ages 18-39, any type within 10 years)
HIGHEST RISK: Patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors (tobacco and/or alcohol use); previous history of oral cancer
For these reasons, we will always perform a cancer screening during your appointment at no extra cost to you.