In the United States, approximately 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Because diagnosis of these cancers is often after they have metastasized to the lymph nodes, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. It will cause over 8,000 deaths annually.
Early Detection is Critical
We routinely examine your mouth for cancer and use visual, palpation and fluorescence techniques, along with T-Blue, to screen for pathology. We will biopsy any suspicious lesion in our office. Risk factors increase with age in all groups and tobacco use combined with alcohol is an established risk factor. Discontinuing tobacco and alcohol use leads to our next center. If you had cancer of the head and neck and were treated by radiation, we customize a prevention program for you to counteract the effects of radiation therapy.