Oral CDX – Biopsy for Oral Cancer
The Best Technology to Protect You
A biopsy consists of the removal of a small amount of tissue for a pathologist to microscopically examine in order to determine if the questionable area is cancerous. When detecting oral cancer, a soft tissue biopsy is most common, and at Northland Dental Medicine, Dr Corsello prefers to use the OralCDx® BrushTest®. The BrushTest is a quick and painless method used to check for dysplasia, or abnormal cells, among the common red and white spots nearly all people have in their mouth. Those abnormal cells, if left alone and untreated, could potentially develop into oral cancer. Over 30,000 doctors have successfully used the OralCDx BrushTest to detect over 10,000 precancerous spots, stopping oral cancer before it had a chance to get started.
Similarly to how the Pap smear detects precancerous cervical cells and how colonoscopies and identify precancerous polyps, the BrushTest will recognize oral dysplasia and help prevent oral cancer – a cancer that kills as many Americans as melanoma, and twice as many as cervical cancer. Unfortunately, the statistics for oral cancer are only growing. Women, young people, and non-smokers have all experienced statistical increases, but the OralCDx BrushTest is helping to change that. Typically several over 25 years elapse before dysplasia turns into full-blown oral cancer. Early detection provides plenty of time for the spot to be removed, potentially stopping cancer in its tracks.
Working Together for a Healthy Mouth
The BrushTest is simple, consisting of only two components. The first of which is a specially designed brush that doctors use to obtain a tissue sample of the potentially problematic spot. The brush test is painless, requires no anesthesia, and causes little to no bleeding. The second component of the test is the actual tissue analysis. The biopsy is sent to highly trained pathologists in a specialized laboratory where state of the art technology is used to help analyze the cells. Upon the completion of the analysis, a detailed report is then communicated to your doctor.
Most people will have harmless spots in their mouth at one time or another, but the OralCDx Brush test is a quick and easy way to determine whether you and your oral surgeon’s mind can remain at ease, or if immediate action is necessary.
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