An 11 year study (2005– 2015) done in Ontario, Canada compared the number cancer biopsy submissions (63,483) to the number of overall oral cancer rates reported to the Ontario Cancer registry. The numbers showed a marked increase in the number of early cancer detections by dentists. Even when controlled for population increase and increased number of dentists, the study showed that dentists truly are in the front line of early oral cancer detection. This bodes well for the people in Ontario, because early oral cancer detection predicts greater chance for treatment success. Though this study only looked at Ontario, it shows the potential positive effect dentist and other dental professional have on keeping the general population healthy, by simply screening for oral cancer regularly.
I’ve wrote in a previous blog how a simple, special light can make possible oral cancer easier see (Dental Light Helps with Early Mouth Cancer Detection). In fact, this cancer screening light, allows dentist s to see changes to the mouth tissue before it’s noticeable by the naked eye. Since early detection leads to better health outcomes, dentist can help keep their patients healthy and cancer free.