Identafi Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening Chalfont Dentist

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms:

In its earliest stages, most oral cancer is virtually undetectable by just looking with the naked eye. When oral cancer begins, it may not always produce pain or discomfort either. In other words, it is possible to have oral cancer or pre-cancer without even knowing it. That is why it is important for everyone to be screened for oral cancer at least once per year. However, if you notice a change in your mouth or throat, such as a sore, or a red or white spot that lasts longer than two weeks, you should contact us immediately. When found early, oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate.

The New face of Oral Cancer:

More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer than ever before. Research shows that this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking, or using chewing tobacco. Oral cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don't smoke or drink heavily. One reason for this increase in people under age forty is due to the exposure of the HPV virus. The HPV virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing. That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all patients over the age of seventeen be screened annually for oral cancer.

How it works:

Using the Identafi in the "White Light" mode, the dentist will first examine the entire oral cavity. The upper portion of the mouth and the inner contour of the teeth are examined first, followed by the lower portion of the mouth. The tongue, hard and soft palate, and the pharynx are then examined. Next the instrument is switched to a patented 405-nanometer "Florescent Violet Light" to identify any areas of abnormal tissue growth which may be benign or cancerous. Finally, the instrument is switched to "Green-Amber Reflectance Light" to examine the blood vessels around any lesions.

The test is simple, painless, and takes less than three minutes. Be sure to schedule your Oral Cancer Screening at your next appointment.

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