Oral Cancer Screening with Identifi® Technology
Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Early detection means early treatment and better outcomes. At Laurentian Dental, we recognize that oral health is an integral part of your overall health. And so, we are pleased to provide our patients with the Identafi® technology to detect various types of pre-cancerous conditions and cancers. Ask us today about an oral cancer screening test with Identafi®.
Speak with us today about an oral cancer screening test.
Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Early detection means early treatment and better outcomes. At Laurentian Dental Centre, we recognize that oral health is an integral part of your overall health. And so, we are pleased to provide our patients with the Identafi® technology to detect various types of pre-cancerous conditions and cancers. Ask us today about an oral cancer screening test with Identafi®.
Oral cancer signs and symptoms
In its earliest stages, most oral cancer is virtually undetectable by just looking.8 And when oral cancer begins, it may not always produce pain or discomfort.8 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 red or white spot that lasts longer than 2 weeks, you should contact your dentist immediately.
When found early, oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate1
The new face of oral cancer More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer than ever before.1 But surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking, or using chewing tobacco.2 A new reason for concern Oral cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don’t smoke or drink heavily.3-5 One reason for this increase in people under age 40 is due to exposure to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 viruses, known collectively as the human papillomavirus.6,7 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 17 be screened annually for oral cancer.
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(1) White Light
Highly concentrated white light provides an optimal view for conventional examination.
(2) Violet Light
A patented 405-nanometer violet light enhances the fluorescence of normal healthy tissue, while suspicious tissue appears dark.
(3) Green-Amber Light
An amber light illuminates blood vessels surrounding lesions, allowing the clinician to find areas with diffuse or dilated vasculature that may indicate cancerous growth.
Screen with certainty. Detect with confidence.
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often missed by the naked eye, especially in its early stages. The Identafi® uses a revolutionary lightwave technology that can help clinicians detect abnormalities that may lead to oral cancer, so that something can be done about it as soon as possible. Early detection means early treatment, and a cure rate of nearly 90%.1 Your dental professional, on the front line of detection, has a revolutionary new medical device called Identafi® that uses multi-spectral technology to identify biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils. These changes are subtle, as they happen at the cellular level, and therefore often go undetected by the naked eye. These changes are made visible through the use of Identafi®’s unique three-wavelength technology, which illuminates possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence or early beginnings of oral cancer.
The test is simple, painless, and takes less than 3 minutes
Here’s how it works: Using the Identafi® in the “White Light” mode, your dental professional will first examine the entire oral cavity. The upper portion of the mouth and 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 the patented 405- nanometer “Fluorescent 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 the lesions. Areas with increased diffuse vasculature are more likely to be cancerous.
Speak with your dental professional today about an oral cancer screening test with Identafi®
1. Oral cancer facts. Accessed at www.oralcancerfoundation.org on March 24, 2011.
2. Llewellyn CD, Johnson NW, Warnakulasuriya KA. Risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity in young people–a comprehensive literature review. Oral Oncol. Jul 2001;37(5):401-418.
3. Shiboski CH, Shiboski SC, Silverman S, Jr. Trends in oral cancer rates in the United States, 1973-1996. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. Aug 2000;28(4):249-56.
4. Corcoran TP, Whiston DA. Oral cancer in young adults. J Am Dent Assoc. Jun 2000;131(6):726.
5. Dahlstrom KR, et al. Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in never smoker-never drinkers: A descriptive epidemiologic study. Head Neck 2008 Jan;30(1):75-84.
6. Angiero F, Gatta LB, Seramondi R, et al. Frequency and role of HPV in the progression of epithelial dysplasia to oral cancer. Anticancer Res. 2010 Sep;30(9):3435-40.
7. Hocking JS, Stein A, Regan D, et al. Head and neck cancer in Australia between 1982 and 2005 show increasing incidence of potentially HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers. Br J Cancer. 2011 Mar 1;104(5):886-91.
8. Can oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers be found early? Accessed at www.cancer.org (The American Cancer Society) on March 24, 2011.
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April is International oral cancer awareness month and it’s our hope that all readers will be proactive and treat their mouths with the same diligent care as they do with the rest of their bodies when it comes to check ups, because oral cancer is extremely dangerous.
Early detection is vital to surviving oral cancer! As dentists, we have the skills & tools to detect early signs of oral cancer & pre-cancerous conditions. By seeing us for those all important regular dental check-ups that include oral cancer screenings, we can help to win the battle against oral cancer. With oral cancer screenings, most malignancies can be detected in the early stages, while they are still highly curable.
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