OralCDx Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Rates Growing

Oral cancer now kills as many Americans as skin cancer or cervical cancer. Once thought of as “smoker’s cancer”, the disease is rising in non-smokers as well. Over 25% of oral cancer victims do not smoke or abuse alcohol.

 

How Does The OralCDx BrushTest Work?

The BrushTest is a painless and rapid method that Dr. Gumm uses to test harmless appearing white and red oral spots that develop in the mouth at one time or another. The BrushTest is used to determine if an observed spot contains abnormal or precancerous cells (known as dysplasia). Typically, it can take several years before a dysplastic oral spot can convert to an oral cancer. Before this happens, the spot can be treated and oral cancer can potentially be prevented from even starting. Just like the Pap smear is used to detect precancerous cells to help prevent cervical cancer, and colonoscopy is used to detect precancerous polyps to help prevent colon cancer, the BrushTest is used for early detection of precancerous oral cells.

The BrushTest is designed to painlessly obtain a sample of a suspicious red or white spot in your mouth. The collected sample is sent for computer-assisted microscope analysis by specially-trained pathologists who will forward a report of findings to Dr. Gumm.

The first step in preventing oral cancer is to see Dr. Gumm regularly for a thorough oral examination. The OralCDx test is utilized when additional diagnostic testing beyond a professional oral examination may be indicated. And while some cases of oral cancer may not be prevented and not every lesion fully identified by this test, the accuracy of the BrushTest has been demonstrated in large published clinical studies at 35 U.S. dental schools.

Red or white spots that persist, even with negative brush test results, will still require adequate monitoring or follow-up evaluations or possible referral for additional treatment. OralDCx has helped to prevent tens of thousands of cases of oral cancer by finding unhealthy cells years before they could cause any harm.

Contact Us

  • Blayne J. Gumm, DDS,
    ABGD, MAGD, MICOI
  • 490 N Indian Rocks Road
  • Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770

  • Phone: (727) 584-5693
  • Fax: (727) 586-3331