Regular screening for oral cancer can save lives by identifying issues before they escalate. Jersey City Dental uses ViziLite® technology to detect potentially cancerous growths early on. An oral cancer screening can be performed as part of your regular dental exam at our Jersey City, NJ, practice. Patients diagnosed with the early stages of oral cancer have an 80 to 90% chance of making a full recovery, which is why our doctors place such great importance on preventive care.
Why Routine Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important
Oral cancer affects the soft tissues and lining inside of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, throat, and salivary glands. In fact, most head and neck cancers have been linked to oral cancer. About 50,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with oral cancer. Of those, only 56 percent will survive past five years, due to the high mortality rate of oral cancer. However, if the signs are detected early and treatment is sought immediately, patients have a much greater chance of avoiding extensive medical treatments and making a full recovery.