“Oral cancer screening better be one of the services EVERY dentist should be offering on a regular basis. We do so at our office and have had a couple patients that have been officially diagnosed with oral cancer and before they saw us, they didn’t know they had it,” said one dentist.
Among survey respondents, 96% say oral cancer screenings are important; 4% offer screening, but believe other services they offer are more important; and 0% felt general dentists should not be performing oral cancer screenings for their dental patients.
Here’s a sample of what dentists had to say about oral cancer screening:
- “My mom died from oral cancer and she was not in the risk groups. I make sure I tell all my patients that when I’m doing the oral cancer screenings every time I do an exam.” (New York dentist)
- “I have found several. Unfortunately two were in late metastatic stages and the patients were terminal.” (Illinois dentist)
- “I feel oral cancer screenings are important and we need more healthcare providers such as denturists, DHAT’s, CDHC’s, and independent practices for dental hygienists to work more on a public health level for those that can’t afford a trip to the dental office.” (Wyoming denturist)
- “It should be done more often.” (Orthodontist)
- “I do only visual; started by my hygienist and then confirmed by me with recommendations.” (Texas dentist)
- “We have recently purchased the Velscope system because we understand the importance of advanced oral cancer screenings.” (Arizonia dentist)
- “Whether using an adjunctive screening device, visual exam, or both, dentists need to be doing oral cancer screenings on a regular basis.” (General dentist)
- “The incidence of oral cancers and HPV is increasing dramatically, and we need to do our part to change our patient’s awareness of this trend by screening our patients regularly.” (General dentist)
- “A Velscope should be a required piece of equipment in every dental office. Ignorance is not Bliss!” (Oregon dentist)
- “The question is ‘why aren’t all dentists and dental hygienists performing this life saving examination on all their patients?’ With the new technologies that are available . . .this exam should be mandatory!” (General dentist)
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. For more information see the The Oral Cancer Foundation website.