Dental software useful in combating oral cancer

April 23rd, 2014

In the U.S., oral cancer cases are on the rise, and dental school software can help university clinics conduct the necessary screenings for patients within their practices.

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, there will be more than 43,000 new cases of pharyngeal or oral cancer in 2014. Of this, The OCF predicted that 57 percent of these patients will live five years after the initial diagnosis, and the cancer will result in 8,000 deaths annually. These numbers increase significantly if cancer of the larynx is included in the oral category as the number of affected patients then grows to nearly 54,000 and resulting in approximately 13,500 deaths. Worldwide, 640,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year, The OCF says.

As a result, familiarity with dental software that aids in screenings and early detection will be critical for patients requiring immediate oncological treatment.

DentistryiQ reported that one of the best in-practice preventative measures is the adoption of the 6-month hygiene appointment protocol. Not only is this useful in helping to stay up to date on an individual's oral health, but it also provides an opportunity for the dentist to introduce patients and get them comfortable with new, cutting-edge technologies used to screen for oral cancers.

With dental enterprise software dentists can more effectively refer their patients to oncologists for further evaluation and treatment, using detailed data that will be useful for the next practitioner. This can greatly help in the patient's treatment and recovery.

The OCF stated that oral cancer has a mortality rate that is higher than any other disease, including Hodgkin's lymphoma, skin cancer and cervical cancer. This underscores the importance of frequent screenings as well as dental schools thoroughly preparing its students on the familiarity of dental enterprise software designed to be used for cancer diagnosis.

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