Oral cancer kills more women than cervical cancer and Dr. Roger Briggs, dentist with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistryin Scottsdale, Arizona, says that he has seen oral cancers grow rapidly.
Dr. Briggs says that the key to decreasing the fatality rate with oral cancer is early detection. If caught early enough, there is an 80% survival rate and if too late, the survival rate can be as low as 3%. The treatment for oral cancer is quite debilitating because both the head and neck are treated.
The fastest growing segment of people diagnosed with oral cancer are young, non-smokers. At his dental practice, Dr. Briggs includes oral cancer screenings for patients as young as teenagers, as now there is a connection with the HPV virus to oral cancer.
Dr. Briggs cannot stress enough how important it is to have a yearly oral cancer screening with a dentist, as early detection is the best prevention.
Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.