New Berlin Dental Group offers enhanced oral cancer screenings during scheduled appointments to new and current patients. Unfortunately, deaths from this type of cancer are on the rise. Each year, approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with it in the United States alone. More people die of oral cancer annually than of cervical cancer. Due to late stage discovery, one American dies every hour from oral cancer.
Our clinical team now has the capability to incorporate cutting edge fluorescent technology with our standard screenings. Fluorescent technology is a light based technology – shining a fluorescent light in your mouth reveals abnormalities deep within the tissue that are not visible to the naked eye. This device allows us to detect abnormalities much earlier and potentially save lives. Currently, up to 70% of oral cancers are not found until late stages (stage III, IV) resulting in a 5-year survival rate of less than 50%. The new screening has the ability to find abnormalities at much earlier stages which can increase the 5-year survival rate by up to 80-90%. The screening is quick, painless and non-invasive.
As a courtesy to our patients, we will be offering the screening at a low cost. We believe all patients should have an opportunity to utilize the benefit of this potentially life-saving technology. The cost is $25.00 per year, regardless of how many times you are tested in that year. At this time, the cost is not covered by insurance and is an out-of-pocket cost.
We hope that you will utilize this available enhanced screening to potentially detect any abnormalities. We are available to answer any questions you may have. As always, the optimal health of you, our patient, is our highest priority.