Oral Cancer Screening at Mulkins Main Dental

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Oral Cancer Screening in Stittsville

In Canada three people die each day as a result of oral cancer.  Early diagnosis can reduce this number, especially if you have an at-risk lifestyle.  While tobacco usage remains the leading cause of oral cancer, there are other factors like age that come into play.

With regular check ups and our identification of mucosal abnormalities, we are able to more closely monitor the potentials for oral cancer, including specialized tests. These screenings are quick and painless and can help detect oral cancer in its early stages when it’s most treatable. Our Stittsville dental clinic team is committed to providing you with the highest quality care and helping you maintain a healthy smile for life.

About Oral Cancer Screening

Risk Factors 

Patients are classified into three groups based on risk factor:

  • Increased risk – Individuals ages 18 to 39 with no lifestyle risk factors
  • High risk 
    • Individuals age 40 and older with no lifestyle risk factors
    • Individuals 18 to 39 with lifestyle risk factors
  • Highest risk 
    • Individuals age 65 or older with lifestyle risk factors
    • Individuals with a history of oral cancer

Lifestyle Indicators Include

  • Tobacco – Any type, any age, within 10 years
  • Alcohol consumption – At least 1 drink per day
  • Immunity issues like HIV
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16/18)