Oral Cancer Screening in Madison
Oral cancer is a potentially deadly disease that affects thousands of people each year. Fortunately, early detection dramatically increases survival rate. This is why at Oak Park Dental we offer oral cancer screenings using the ViziLite Plus system and recommend that all adults come in for a screening each year as part of a routine dental exam.
ViziLite Plus oral cancer screening
The ViziLite Plus is a small device that uses a fluorescent light to identify lesions that can't be seen by the naked eye. Patients will be asked to rinse their mouths with a special solution. Dr. Gyurina will then use the ViziLite Plus device to thoroughly examine the mouth for suspicious lesions. The test is pain free and takes about two minutes.
Oral cancer screenings using this technology are very reliable. They greatly reduce the frequency of false positives and false negative compared to standard visual screenings alone. If Dr. Gyurina does find a suspicious lesion, she'll refer you to a specialist who will guide you toward proper treatment.
Who should be screened for oral cancer?
Most oral cancer cases are associated with tobacco or alcohol use, but these aren't the only risk factors. As people age they tend to be at higher risk for oral cancer. Additionally, Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been identified as a cause of oral cancer regardless of other risk factors. In recent years, the prevalence of oral cancer cases connected with HPV has increased dramatically.
For these reasons, Dr. Gyurina recommends that all adults receive an oral cancer exam at least once a year. If you use tobacco and/or alcohol regularly it may be a good idea to get a screening more often than that.
Schedule your oral cancer screening today
If you've never had a screening for oral cancer or are due for one, contact Oak Park Dental to schedule yours. It's quick and easy and we can combine it with a regular dental exam. We will be happy to help you remember each year when it's time for your screening again. Don't put off a two minute test that could save your life.
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