The Oral Cancer Foundation says oral cancer kills one American every hour. The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid cancer, or testicular cancer. This is simply because the rate of screening for oral cancer lags well below that of any of these other cancers. Early detection is critical because it can increase survival rate by more than 50 percent. This is why Dr. I. Stephen Brown uses the OralID system and recommends an oral cancer screening once a year.
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Dr. Brown was the first periodontist in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley to offer OralID. He uses it because it’s not only effective at identifying cancer and pre-cancerous cells; it’s also one of the easiest, most cost effective, and least invasive screening tools available for patients. If these benefits can get more patients in regularly for oral cancer screenings, there’s a much better chance for early detection.
The OralID test requires no rinses or dyes as screenings have in the past. It uses a blue fluorescent light to distinguish between healthy cells and cancer, pre-cancerous cells, or other abnormal lesions. Fluorescent light is proven effective for detecting suspicious lumps, bumps, and ulcers earlier and better than a visual oral examination alone, which means it has the potential to help save many lives.
Many other systems use fluorescent light in oral cancer screenings. OralID technology is simpler than the others and includes no costs for materials. This makes the screening quicker and more affordable for the patient.
Who Needs an Oral Cancer Screening?
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recommends adults age 18 and older get tested for oral cancer once a year.
At one point it was much easier to identify the factors that would make someone more susceptible to oral cancer. Traditional risk factors have included:
Previous history of oral cancer
40 years of age or older
Heavy use of alcohol
Use of smokeless tobacco
However, today, 40 percent of oral cancer patients have NONE of the traditional risk factors. Part of this change is explained by the increasing numbers of oral cancer cases associated with HPV (human papillomavirus). This makes it more difficult to link the risk of oral cancer to specific lifestyle contributors, which means all adults should be screened regularly to be safe.
Schedule A Screening Today
Early detection of oral cancer could save thousands of Americans each year. With OralID, the process is simple and economical. Dr. Brown invites all his patients to come into his conveniently located Philadelphia office for an oral cancer screening every year. You may need it more often if you have any of the risk factors above. There are no needles or nasty tasting liquids. This is a service that is available to your family, friends, and relatives when you refer them to our office. Dr. Brown and his team will provide anoral cancer screening and/or a periodontal disease screening to anyone who requests one when making an appointment with our office. Contact us to schedule your screening today.
Potentially cancerous lesion under normal light
Same lesion using the OralID system
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