Survival Rates of Oral Cancer Patients
More than 8,000 people die each year from oral cancer. It is therefore important to know the risk factors associated with this form of cancer and how to prevent oral diseases.
Oral pharyngeal cancer is very serious because it is often not discovered until it reaches an advanced stage. Late detection of oral cancer and pharynx carries with it nearly 62% 5-year mortality rate. When detected at very early stages, chances of survival are greatly increased. Survival rates show the number of people living for a certain period of time after being told they have cancer. These rates are collected for people with certain types and stages of cancer.
According to the National Cancer Database the 5-year survival rates for patients diagnosed with oral cancer are:
• 84% for cancer that has not yet spread from where it started
• 64% for cancer that has already spread to nearby lymph nodes
• 39% for cancer that have spread to the other distant parts of the body
These survival rates may vary due to the fact that some people may die for reasons other than cancer. The 5-year survival rate is 62% in the industrialized countries while in developing countries the survival rates of oral cancer are 30%. The death rate associated with this type of cancer is particularly high not because it is difficult to detect or diagnose, but because the cancer is routinely diagnosed late.
In recent years, early detection of oral cancer has been significantly improved through the incorporation of specialized screening tools. Your dentist will examine the visual and tactile cancer of the mouth as well as use one of these tools to ensure your protection. The best way to prevent oral cancer is by making sure that you see your dentist regularly. Oral cancer screening should be performed on an annual basis.