Technology has improved the quality of dental care, allowing us to detect problems early when treatment is most effective. Dr. Mason recently updated her technology to include the Identafi® system. This technology is on the front line of detection, helping us see the signs and symptoms of oral cancer before they’re visible to the naked eye. The device helps us identify the biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils.
Each day, about 132 Americans are diagnosed with mouth cancer, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Worldwide the problem is far greater, with more than 640,000 new diagnoses every year. The American Cancer Society estimates that oral cancer strikes tens of thousands of people each year, and only 56% of those diagnosed survive for more than five years. Early detection is vital to surviving oral cancer.