We screen for oral cancer at every single visit. Why? Oral cancer accounts for about 2% of cancers in women and 3% of cancers in men. According to the American Cancer Society, it is one of the few cancers for which the death rate has actually increased. It is particularly dangerous because patients may not notice it in its earliest stages and the cancer prospers without producing discomfort or symptoms. The good news is that when it is caught in its early stages, oral cancer can be treated in up to 90% of cases.