Posted by: audreybenenati | December 29, 2009

Oral cancer sixth most common cancer


Vail Daily Health

Oral cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate and recent statistics support that these numbers are not getting any better

Dr. James Harding

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado — Unlike many other types of cancer, oral cancer rates are not coming down. Oral cancer is already the sixth most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, accounting for 40,000 new cases each year. In fact, of the so-called ‘major cancers,’ oral cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate and recent statistics support that these numbers are not getting any better. Only about 50 percent of those 40,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than five years.

With advancements in cancer diagnosis, why is actual prevention and treatment of oral cancer lagging behind other forms of cancer? This answer, while complicated, appears to be related to several factors, including lack of early detection, a continued high rate of tobacco use and alcohol abuse.

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