Despite the current decrease in tobacco usage, oral cancer rates are still on the rise. In fact, according to an article on Med Device Online, oral cancer now kills 24 people every day, killing more people than breast, cervical and prostate cancer combined.
This increase in the oral cancer rate has been caused, at least in part, by a lack of quality early detection programs. Thankfully, this is about to change. A new oral cancer screening tool currently hitting the market, Identafi 3000, is now making it possible for your dentist at Creditview Dental in Mississauga to find and treat oral cancer more quickly, easily, and accurately than ever before.
What is Identafi 3000?
Identafi 3000 is a multi-spectral screening device. A small, compact wand equipped with an angled mirror, Identafi produces three types of light: white, violet and amber. Your dentist at Creditview Dental in Mississauga can use the white light to examine the mouth, and the violet and amber lights to detect areas of tissue irregularity.
It is important to realize, however, that Identafi 3000 is a screening device, not a diagnostic device, so individuals whose tests come back positive will still need to undergo additional testing.
What Benefits Does Identafi 3000 Offer?
The biggest advantages of Identafi 3000 are the improved speed, accuracy and convenience that the tool offers both patients and dentists alike. The benefits don't end there, however. The Identafi 3000 allows dentists to better examine hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, it eliminates the need to send samples to a lab, and it provides convenient and instantaneous results. The test is easy, pain-free and quick, typically lasting less than three minutes.
For oral cancer victims, early detection is key. In fact, early detection can lead to an impressive 90 percent survival rate.
Just because you don't have signs of oral cancer doesn't mean you don't have the condition. Call your dentist at Creditview Dental in Mississauga to set up an appointment for an oral cancer screening with the new Identafi 3000. When it comes to oral cancer, it's better to be safe than sorry. Call and book your appointment today!