All brush biopsy
specimens are sent to OralScan Laboratories for computer image
analysis, assisted identification and display of any abnormal cells.
Our office is
faxed a report with a pathologist's explanatory results within three days
after the specimen is received by the lab. If a positive report is
obtained it will be necessary to obtain a histological section to grade the
abnormality once it is identified in order to completely characterize the
When to ask:
If you see something that doesn't look
right or has not been there before, it's time to ask. Maybe it's
not just a common canker sore or a sore from biting your tongue
or cheek. And maybe it isn't from biting into a hot slice of
pizza. If it doesn't go away in a week or so, call your dentist
and have it checked quickly. Early detection saves lives.
Two fees are
included. One for the dentist performing the test and a second from the
lab for the computer-assisted analysis of the specimen. Usually,
both fees are covered by dental or medical insurance.
It is must be remembered that a side effect of
aspirin is it can increase bleeding because it inhibits blood clotting! Any dental treatment that can cause
be affected by this medication.
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Cancer Self Test
Cancer Society recommends an yearly
cancer related check-up for all people 40 years of age or older;
and every 3 years for people between 20-39 years of age. **
There has been an increasing trend
in the incidence of tongue cancer in Americans under age
40. A significant number of these young patients with oral
cancer have no risk factors and have never smoked or
consumed alcohol. Patients with early oral cancers of the
tongue often present with a small white spot.
cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S., 9 cases
were found in our area just last year. If you catch it early the odds of
5-year survival are 76% . Solution: See us every six months for your examination
. We do a no-charge oral cancer check at every exam.
worry-spots checked with a painless, non-invasive "brush-biopsy"
we can do in our office.
risk factors: The use of tobacco
products is responsible for 80 to 90% of all oral cancers. A pack of
cigarettes a day increases your oral cancer risk 4.5 times; six
alcoholic drinks a day, 3.3 times; 7 to 9 drinks a day, 15 times. Heavy
alcohol use combined with heavy tobacco use can increase the risk up to
Click on a spot below to get a better
look at what Early Oral Cancer can look like.
New Mentor Group, March 2000
research results on this products: ADA
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