The term ‘Oral Cancer’ includes cancerous growths in the cheeks, lips, mouth, throat, sinus, tongue, or anywhere in the oral cavity. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer, as most people diagnosed with a form of oral cancer are over 50.
Three Canadians die every day from oral cancer! Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason that both the incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer continue to increase.
Though tobacco use is a major predisposing risk factor, 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.
Oral cancer risk by patient profile is listed below:
In our efforts to provide patients with the highest standard of care, our Toronto Dental Office uses Velscope exams as an integral part of the oral cancer screening programme.
The Velscope works through tissue fluorescence – an optical phenomenon that makes abnormal tissue show up in a different colour under a specialized white light.
Under this specialized white light normal tissues will glow a bright green colour, while abnormal tissue will show a marked lack of fluorescence.
An abnormal screening does not always mean the patient has cancer. If an abnormal screening occurs, Dr. Dayan may schedule a second scan later to see if the dark spots disappear, or may choose to perform a brush biopsy to make sure it is not cancer.