Oral Cancer Screening

In our continuing efforts to enhance patient care, Dr. Setterberg is proud to announce the inclusion of the Identafi® early detection oral cancer screening program.

Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society has recently released information showing that, while incidents of cancers overall have reduced in the United States, the occurrences of oral cancers are actually increasing, as is its mortality rate. According to the American Cancer Society, more women in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year than will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and now studies show an increasing link between the human papilloma virus (HPV 16/18) and oral cancer. The HPV virus can spread through intimate contact, including kissing. That is why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened for oral cancer.

With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. But as with most forms of cancer, being able to detect the cancer in an early stage is crucial. That’s why our office uses advanced oral cancer screening equipment, to be able to detect and screen for the lesions that indicate possible oral cancer easily and accurately. Using specialized lights and optics, your dentist is able to conduct an oral cancer screening that can detect lesions that are invisible to the unaided human eye. These screenings are fast and completely comfortable – and best of all, they are the best possible way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer-free!

We recommend an annual oral cancer screening for our patients, particularly if you:

  • are above the age of 30
  • use tobacco products, or have used them in the past 10 years
  • consume an average of 1 alcoholic drink or more per day
  • have been previously diagnosed with any form of cancer

The Identafi® exam is used after the standard visual oral cancer examination and can help to identify suspicious areas that may have been missed during conventional examination. Early detection of precancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. Identafi® is a painless examination that gives this practice a better chance to find any oral abnormalities you may have at their earliest possible stage. When found early oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate, so please do not wait, ask about including this in your annual exam.

Don’t become a statistic – talk to us today about the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer, and schedule a screening with your next appointment!

The Office of Dr. James C. Setterberg

  • The Office of Dr. James C. Setterberg - 401 23rd St., Suite 202, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Phone: 970-945-8753 Fax: 970-945-4970

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