Fight the good fight – defeat Oral Cancer

From the International Oral Cancer Association Blog

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 35,720 new cases of cancer of the oral and pharyngeal region in the United States in 2009, with 7,600 deaths from the disease.1 

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When focusing specifically on the oral cavity,ACS estimated that in 2009,there would be 23,110 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity (hereafter referred to as “oral cancer”) and 5,370 deaths. Nearly 90 percent of these malignancies are squamous cell carcinomas. More than 97 percent of U.S. cases of these cancers occur among adults 35 years and older. Although the incidence rate (IR) of oral and pharyngeal cancers is decreasing overall, the IR of cancers of the tongue, oropharynx and tonsil is increasing. The 2002-2006 age-adjusted (to the 2000 U.S. population) IR of oral and pharyngeal cancers in the United States was 10.3 per 100,000 per year. The age-adjusted IR was more than twice as high among men (15.9) as among women (6.0), as was the mortality rate (men, 4.0; women, 1.5).

Visit the link – you’ll have to register to view it, but it’s very much worth the effort. It’s an ORAL LESION QUIZ and invaluable.  I’ve made fun of the certification for cbCT usage at U of T. The raison d’etre behind it is simple. A one time in camera course teaches you basics at best… ongoing elearning effort using a website, visiting contributors, case contribution from the members and from “THE INDUSTRY”, is of infinitely more value and that is validated by endless studies in the literature.  

The acknowledged dental technology guru Larry Emmott states – The question everyone wants answered is, what’s the next big thing in technology? The Internet. Of course, the Internet is not new, but how we will be using it is. Internet-based e-services, interactive patient communication and cloud-based computing are all going to have a big impact in the future. The future is coming and it will be amazing!
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