Cancer Prescreening Exam
Another important part of the Holistic Exam includes a complete oral soft tissue examination. The American Cancer Society recommends that patients get the soft tissue exam at least once a year.
Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it’s caught early. And that’s why a simple exam has been developed using technology that has been proven successful in identifying other types of precancerous abnormalities. This exam is particularly important for patients with increased risk factors for oral cancer. When oral cancer is found at the earliest stage, treatment is quicker, simpler, less invasive, and more than 90% successful.
OralID uses a proven, optically based technology called, “fluorescence technology.” OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light (435–460 nm) that provides the clinician an aid in visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer and pre-cancer.
Many reports suggest that head and neck cancer, and particularly tongue cancer, is increasing among young adults.
This bi-annual exam, in combination with a conventional visual exam, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at risk for oral cancer.
IF ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS APPLY TO YOU, DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND/OR HYGIENIST:
- A mouth sore that does not heal
- A white or red patch of tissue
- Difficulty swallowing
- A lump or mass in the mouth or neck
- Hoarseness that lasts for a long period
- Pain or numbness in the oral/facial region
- Pain in the ear of long duration
- A change of voice