Oral Cancer Screening
In this year alone approximately 48,330 people in the US will be diagnosed with oral cancer. When found early oral cancer has a very high survival rate, unfortunately most oral cancer is found as late stage cancer. Dr. Amy completes an oral cancer screening on every patient during their periodic exams. She completes a visual and hands on exam and can also use the Rembrandt oral cancer screening light which can detect oral cancer lesions earlier than with just visualization alone. Patients are encouraged to utilize this tool. Some insurances are covering the $40 fee for the Rembrandt light, however, even if yours does not, it is still a good idea to have the examination with the light and utilize yet another tool to identify a killer type of cancer.
Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it. Dr. Amy’s visual exam , palpation and Rembrandt light use can help identify a cancer that starts with a survival rate in the ’80s when it’s found and plummets from there.