A Global Health Issue

Oral cancer (including oral and oropharyngeal cancer) is often detected too late, which means treatment is difficult. Early detection is critical, and now it is easier than ever.

Oral cancer is a global challenge with more than 529,000 cases and nearly 292,000 deaths each year.
Worldwide 5-year survival rate is only 50% due to delayed intervention with more than half of all diagnoses made at stage III and IV.
Earlier detection (stage 1 and II) can yield survival rates up to 80-90%.

Timely Diagnosis of Oral Cancer Has Been Challenging

Because tests for oral cancer are usually visual, the disease is too often detected in the late stages where treatment is difficult.

  • Early lesions are often not visible or they mimic other conditions
  • Traditional palpation and visual examination cannot identify occult lesions
  • Current testing options can be cumbersome, costly and difficult to interpret

For those who survive oral cancer diagnosed in the later stages, the treatment is painful, debilitating and often disfiguring. In addition, patients often struggle with:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Communicating
  • Self image

Early Detection Can Have a Tremendous Impact for Patients and Their Families

The simple, accurate and cost-effective OncAlert™ Oral Cancer Test can help aid in the early diagnosis of oral cancer and improve outcomes through earlier intervention.


Oral cancer statistics sourced from:

  • WHO 2014-2015 World Cancer Report
  • Pereira LH, Reis IM, Reategui EP, Gordon C, Saint-Victor S, Duncan R, Gomez C, Bayers S, Fisher P, Perez A, Goodwin WJ, Hu JJ, Franzmann EJ. Risk Stratification System for Oral Cancer Screening. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2016 Jun;9(6):445-55.