Posted on June 30 2015

Oral cancer detection: The dental assistant’s role

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2015. Only about 57 percent of those diagnosed will be alive five years after their diagnosis, and approximately 8,600 will succumb to this disease. Although survival rates have increased slightly in the last 10 years, the death rate for oral and pharyngeal cancer remains high at approximately one person per hour. The mortality rate is greater than with many other forms of cancer because sadly, most oral and pharyngeal cancers are detected in the later stages. In its early onset, it is usually not noticeable by a patient and it proliferates easily without early recognizable symptoms or pain. ” To view more on this article or other articles please click here.  Oral cancer detection: The dental assistant’s role