Oral Cancer Screening For San Diego
The Dentist Is Now An “Oral Cancer Detective.”
Oral cancer is the only cancer in the US that is rising. The insidious thing about oral cancer is that it may start off so harmless looking. A small bump or lump a red or white spot in your mouth that you may not even notice.
Our hygiene team does an oral cancer exam at every visit when you come for your cleanings and gum therapies. The doctors also double-check annually when we examine your teeth. If you notice something funny in your mouth, DON’T WAIT. Call the office today. Early detection is key. Oral cancer has only a 50% 5-year survival rate if detected late.
Recently, a new tool called Oral CDX, has become available at our San Diego dentist office in La Mesa that can painlessly and easily check those lesions.
It is a brush biopsy. It looks like a small bottle brush, and all we need to do is simply swipe across the area a few times to get some of the cells from the skin. Those cells are then wiped onto a slide and mailed to a special laboratory that checks the sample with a computer-assisted microscope.
Oral CDX was found to be accurate 100% of the time. In fact, it found cancer or dysplasia (the step before cancer) in an amazing 5% of lesions that were only slated for observation.
Oral CDX gives us a new tool to quickly, accurately, and painlessly check your mouth’s health. Previously, the only way we had to check a spot was to send you to an oral surgeon, who would cut the spot out and send it in for testing. So you can imagine how exciting it is to have this new technique— for both the patient and the doctor.
Study Your Oral Health
Carefully examine your own mouth for lesions. Remember the lesions can be:
If you see any of these things on your lips, cheeks, and especially along the sides of or under your tongue, please call today. We want to do everything we can to catch potential mouth cancer for all of our San Diego patients in the La Mesa – El Cajon area!
Decrease Your Risk
Factors that increase the risk for oral cancer include tobacco use (whether smoking or chewing) and alcohol consumption, though you can still develop oral cancer even if you don’t use tobacco or alcohol. You may consider making some lifestyle changes to decrease your risk for oral cancer.
We have joined in partnership with former major leaguer and TV commentator, Joe Garigiola, and his effort to eliminate spit tobacco (chewing tobacco or dip) by educating people that:
“Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless,”
The Crown Council screened all Major and Minor League ball players during Spring Training in both Florida and Arizona.