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Lake Mary Dentist, Dentist in Lake Mary, FL

Center For Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry
Jennifer N. Nguyen, D.M.D, F.A.D.I.A  & Associates
3232 W. Lake Mary Blvd. #1400
Lake Mary, FL. 32746  





Most people are surprised to learn that one American dies every hour from oral cancer; a death rate that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 40 years. In fact, recent statistics published by the American Cancer Society indicate that while the incidence and death rates for cancers overall has decreased, the incidence of oral cancer has increased by 5.5% and the death rate has increased by 1.5%

Oral cancer is far too often discovered in late stage development, the primary reason for the consistently high death rate. Oral cancer treatment often results in disfiguring effects on patients, and can seriously compromise their quality of life. Early detection and diagnosis can make a tremendous difference in life expectancy; oral cancer is 90% curable when found in its early stages. Unfortunately, 70% of oral cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, III and IV, leading to a five-year survival rate of 57%.

Oral Cancer Screening

According to the American Dental Association, over 25% of oral cancers occurs in people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors.

The American Cancer Society recommends that patients have a complete oral soft tissue examination at least once a year. When oral cancer is found at the earliest stage, treatment is quicker, simpler, less invasive, and more than 90% successful. Many reports suggest that head and neck cancer , particularly tongue cancer, is increasing among young adults. OCS can help identify abnormalities that might develop into oral cancer.

Oral Cancer Screening such as the Vizilite, Brush Biopsy can only tell whether the lesion is "normal" or "abnormal," only an incisional/excisional biopsy can tell whether the lesion is benign or cancer.

At SofTouch-Dental, we can do a quick and painless exam using the Velscope that could help save your life.

Oral Cancer Biopsy

Once we have identified a possible cancerous lesion - abnormal tissue growth, we can perform a biopsy. Only laboratory testing can determine that an oral spot is not dysplastic. Virtually every oral cancer started, years earlier, as a harmless-appearing small white or red spot, just like the ones you see almost every day. A harmless lesion such as a chronic cheek bite, a tongue bite can later become a maglignant tumor and spreads very quickly. This is why we recommend early detection.