The University of Southern California states that according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, "nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year," and "only about half will be alive in five years after diagnosis." Oral cancer patients have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate when the cancer is found in the early stages. However, most patients are diagnosed in the later stages, according to the foundation.
With this in mind, that is why we check every adult for oral cancer at each regular cleaning and exam, which is recommended to occur every six months on average! Unfortunately, the average patient only receives a cleaning and exam every 3-5 years! Don't be a statistic and wait until it is too late! Remember, early detection is the key!