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Acton Family Dental Care | Oral Cancer Screening --Oral CDx Brush Biopsy in Acton

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If you have symptoms that suggest oral cancer, the doctor or dentist checks your mouth and throat for red or white patches, lumps, swelling, or other problems. This exam includes looking carefully at the roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and insides of the cheeks and lips. The doctor or dentist also gently pulls out your tongue so it can be checked on the sides and underneath.

If an exam shows an abnormal area, a small sample of tissue may be removed. Removing tissue to look for cancer cells is called a biopsy. Usually, a biopsy is done with local anesthesia. Sometimes, it is done under general anesthesia. A pathologist then looks at the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer cells. A biopsy is the only sure way to know if the abnormal area is cancerous.

Another new way to test for oral cancer before incisional biopsy is beginning to be used by dental professionals -- a system called Oral CDx. Here, a dentist uses a small brush to gather cell samples of a suspicious area. The specimen is then sent to a lab for computer analysis. In a recent study of 945 patients, Oral CDx detected all cases of oral cancer correctly, even when dentists didn't suspect the presence of cancer from the lesion.


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Acton Dentist | Oral Cancer Screening --Oral CDx Brush Biopsy. Yuan Yao is a Acton Dentist.