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Inside Dentistry eBook

3 Steps to Crush Oral Cancer: The Dental Team Approach

Cynthia Blendermann Perone, DDS

Monday, January 23, 2017

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  • Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year
  • Historically, the high death rate (almost 50% mortality) associate with oral cancer is due to late detection
  • Implementation of a systemic, team approach in dental practices can increase early detection of oral cancer

While other forms of cancer may receive more attention, oral cancer is also a real killer, with an estimated 9,757 deaths per year in the United States—more than one death per hour. Of the nearly 50,000 patients that will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.

Local dental teams represent hope for patients. Like infantry riflemen, they can act as frontline defenders, detecting and defeating oral cancer through the implementation of a systemic, team approach.

This eBook provides relevant, easy-to-follow steps that you can put into practice today in order to help increase early detection, preventing the traumatic effects of this disease and saving financial resources for both patients and the healthcare system.

About the Author

After working as an ICU Nurse at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Cynthia Blendermann Perone graduated from the University Minnesota School of Dentistry. She served in the Air Force and owns Falcon Landing Dental Group & Orthodontics, a practice supported by Pacific Dental Services® in Colorado. She is a faculty member of the PDS Institute® as a subject matter expert for Oral Pathology and Medical Emergencies.

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