A new systematic study reviewed 121 cancer studies and over 1 million cancer events to arrive at some sobering statistics about cancer and specifically the link between diabetes and cancer rates. Women with diabetes for instance have a 13% increase risk of developing oral cancer and 27% higher risk of getting any type cancer. The numbers for oral cancer with men with diabetes was statically lower.
Some other statistics that come from this study include:
1. Late oral cancer detection’s 5 year survival rate is only 50%
2. Early oral cancer detection results in a 90% survival rate at 5 years and great patient quality of life.
3. In 2015, 415 million people had diabetes; 5 million deaths were associated with this disease.
Dentists are the first line of defense when it comes to detecting mouth cancer early. A specialized light can now quickly detect changes in mouth tissue, allowing for early detection. Many doctors are suggesting cancer screening be done at every dental appointment, especially if the patient has diabetes. Regular visits to your dentist are important for your teeth, oral health and now, for early mouth cancer detection.