Do you screen for oral cancer?
Yes, every routine examination at our Wilmington dental office includes an oral cancer screening. Over 30,000 people each year are diagnosed with oral cancer, but only 25 percent have a known risk factor for the disease, such as smoking.
Early cancer screening by a trained professional is essential because, in many cases, you may not notice any abnormalities. Even a dentist with a trained eye may not be able to detect oral cancer with a visual exam. That is why we have chosen to use the Identafi 3000, an advanced oral cancer screening technology.
This small, yet powerful device uses ultra-violet light that exposes abnormalities in the oral tissue, giving us a clear view of any cancerous cells that exist in or around your mouth. Using the Identafi 3000, we can find oral cancer before it becomes a serious health risk.
You need to protect your health with regular screenings because oral cancer is one of the more aggressive forms of the disease and can be life-threatening if not detected soon enough.
If you have not had a recent dental checkup that includes an oral cancer screening, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible to make an appointment. With this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool, we can quickly determine if problems are developing and make appropriate recommendations.