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Oral Cancer Screenings … Why They Matter
Our AACD accredited dentist, Dr. Gorman, chooses to offer the state-of-the-art Identafi® oral cancer screening to St. Paul area clients
Identafi, an easy 2 minute screening exam performed at your regular preventive visit, helps detect pre–cancerous oral tissues. If an area of concern is noted, we will refer you to a specialist for further evaluation. When precancerous or cancerous oral lesions are found early, treatment is easier, less invasive and 80-90% successful.
Over the past 30 years the incidence of new cases and deaths from oral cancers has declined. However, the number of new cases of oral cancer, particulary among young adults 18-40, caused by certain types of human papillomavirus(HPV) infection has increased. HPV 16 causes 95% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of HPV related oral cancers. Approximately 20-30% of oral cancers originate from HPV, and the tendency of HPV in the mouth is estimated to be 18-25%. HPV is often passed from one person to another during sexual activity.
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus is a type of virus that can cause abnormal tissue growth (for example, warts) and other changes to cells. Infection for a long time with certain types of human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus may also play a role in some other types of cancer, such as anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, oropharyngeal and squamous cell skin cancers. Also called HPV.
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Steve Gorman will examine your entire mouth in search for flat, painless, white, grey, or red spots and sores.
Signs of oral cancer include:
- Sores that bleed easily or don’t heal
- Any color changes of soft-tissue in the mouth
- Lumps, thickened tissue, crusty or rough spots
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips
We offer an additional screening test, with an oral rinse, to determine if HPV is present in your mouth and therefore a potential oral cancer risk. If a high risk strain of HPV is found, more frequent oral cancer screenings will be recommended. The presence of HPV through time is known to multiply risk, however most people positive for HPV do not develop cancer.
Oral cancer screening is an important reason to remember to schedule regular preventive visits at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry. If you notice unusual changes in your mouth between visits, don’t hesitate to give our office a call for evaluation.
Let us help you and your family in the fight against oral cancer. Call to schedule your hygiene exam and oral cancer screening in our Minneapolis area office in North Oaks today!