What everyone should know about oral cancer
More than 2,000 new cases of cancer of the mouth are diagnosed annually in the Czech Republic, and unfortunately, fewer than 50% of the patients with this diagnosis will live longer than five years. Early detection of the disease helps to improve the chances of survival from 50% to almost 90% in the subsequent five years. While the incidence of oral cancer is twice as high as the incidence of cervical cancer, prevention is, unfortunately, given far less attention. One of the possible agents is the HPV virus. Women aged 25-40 run the highest risk of oral cancer.
The Canadian MedicalCare dental centre is one of the few dental centres equipped with the unique VELscope instrument, which offers dentists an easy-to-use supportive investigative tool for early detection of oral mucosal abnormalities. In addition to the detection of oral cancer, the instrument detects other mucosal abnormalities, such as viral, fungal and bacterial infections and other problems. The equipment, which is patented, was developed by the Canadian company LED Dental in collaboration with the world-renowned British Columbia Cancer Agency.
How the instrument works
The technology is based on a simple principle. Mucosa that is not healthy reflects certain frequencies of light differently from the surrounding tissue. The VELscope emits a harmless blue light (400-460nm wavelength), which lights up the area under examination in the oral mucosa. The light makes the epithelium fluorescent, then passes through the basal lamina to the submucosal fibrous tissue where the collagen fibres are made fluorescent. Through a special optical filter located in the manual instrument, the doctor can immediately see changes in the oral mucosa, which helps him/her to detect abnormal cell activity.
Come for a preventive check-up
Canadian Medical Care is now offering screening for oral cancer with all dental check-ups, free of charge. This preventive measure will not take more than two minutes and can be easily incorporated into a regular dental check-up. The examination is completely painless, non-invasive, and does not involve staining the tissue and rinsing.
We provide preventive screening for cancer of the oral cavity at the Veleslavín clinic free of charge up to the end of the year with all dental treatments. The screening is performed by a doctor, and we recommend that you undergo such screening once every six months. If you do not make an appointment with a doctor but only for dental hygiene, please inform our receptionist that you would also like preventive dental screening. For more information about the screening and the problem of cancer of the oral cavity see our column in Aktuálně.
You can make an appointment by telephone on 235 360 133, by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org using the order form under our offer.