Statistics

The statistics are nothing less than alarming.

A person dies from oral cancer every hour.1

Approximately 35,310 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2009.4

Over 40% of those diagnosed will die within five years - National Cancer Institute.2

The high mortality rate associated with oral cancer is due to late stage diagnosis.1

This is the third year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence, in 2007 there was a major jump of over 11% in that single year.1

The incidence rate for oral cancer is 3 TIMES GREATER than cervical cancer in the US.1

Exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus) is the fasted growing risk factor for oral cancer.1

The mortality rate associated with oral cancer has not improved significantly in the last 40 years.1

90% of oral cancer occurs in patients 45 years or older, which encompasses "all" 84M Baby Boomers.1

An estimated 7,550 oral cancer patients died in 2007 (5180 men 2370 women).4

Men above the age of 45 and elderly patients have the highest risk of developing oral cancer.1

Men of African ancestry have an especially high risk in every age group.5

90% of oral cancers are "Squamous Cell Carcinomas".4

1Oral Cancer Foundation
2National Cancer Institute
3National Cancer Institute/SEER
4American Cancer Society
5American Cancer Society, Facts and Figures for African-Americans.