Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening
The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured.
Screening is recommended once a year although people with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from frequent oral cancer screening.Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
- History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
The number of people diagnosed with mouth and throat cancers has been rising over the last several years, though it isn’t clear why. An increasing number of these cancers are associated with the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV).
If you’re concerned about your cancer risk, talk to your doctor about ways you can reduce your risk and which screening tests might be appropriate for you.
OralID uses a proven, optically based technology called “fluorescence technology.” OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light that provides the clinician an aid in visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer and pre-cancer.