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Importance of Oral Cancer Screening


Oral cancer, as we all know, is a severe and fatal illness that impacts millions of individuals globally. Even in the UAE, despite all advancements in the medical field, the disease still takes a heavy toll on individuals and families across the country. Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat and can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. It can be caused by various factors such as tobacco use, smoking, alcoholism and the prevalence of certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Therefore, regular screenings are recommended for everyone, especially those at higher risk.

The screening is a simple yet effective way to detect abnormalities in the mouth that may indicate the presence of oral cancer. Early detection of these indicators allows dentists and dental hygienists to take immediate action, significantly increasing the likelihood of successful treatment and survival.

How is an oral cancer screening done

It involves a thorough examination of the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, and throat by a professional dentist or dental hygienist. During the screening, they look for any unusual lumps, lesions, or discolorations that may indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells. In some cases, additional tests such as biopsies or imaging scans may be recommended to evaluate suspicious areas further.

Advancements in technology are making oral cancer screening more accessible and effective than ever. Device such as fluorescence imaging (VELscope) and salivary biomarker testing provide results with improved accuracy and efficiency in oral cancer detection. 

Many individuals may avoid screenings due to anxiety or embarrassment about the examination process. However, it’s essential to remember that oral cancer screening is a quick and painless procedure that can be performed during a routine dental check-up.

Benefits of oral cancer screening

Early Detection: Oral cancer screening makes it possible to intervene and treat patients promptly by detecting anomalies in the mouth, such as precancerous lesions and early-stage malignancies.

Improved Recovery Rate: Early detection by screening greatly increases the likelihood of a successful course of treatment and survival for those with oral cancer.

Prevention: Screening programs can assist in implementing preventative measures and lifestyle modifications to lower the risk of disease progression by identifying persons who are at high risk of getting oral cancer.

Reduced Treatment Side Effects: Early-stage oral cancer often requires less aggressive treatment, resulting in fewer side effects and complications than advanced-stage disease.

Improved Quality of Life: Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can preserve speech, appearance, and oral function, which also improves patients’ quality of life.

Cost Savings: By preventing the need for extensive treatment and management of advanced disease, early identification of oral cancer can lower healthcare expenses.

Self-Assurance: People can feel more at ease knowing that their oral health is monitored when undergoing routine oral cancer screening. They experience empowerment and have control over their health as a result.

Risk Factor Identification: By identifying those who have established risk factors for oral cancer, such as alcoholism, tobacco use, and HPV infection, screening enables focused interventions and risk-reduction tactics.

At Dr Joy Dental Clinic, we use advanced oral cancer screening using VELscope for early detection of oral cancer to ensure your well-being. Call us to book your screening with us today 80037569. Early detection can help save lives.











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