15 minute oral cancer testing at savina dental clinics in malta and gozo

Cancer is best defined as an uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the body. Usually, cancer starts when old cells fail to die. Instead, they mutate and form new abnormal cells. These cells could eventually grow into a mass of tissues, which is commonly known as a tumor. There are over 100 types of cancers that attack different parts of the body. Nonetheless, in this article, we will be focusing on oral cancer as well as its screening.

You can book a 15 minute OncAlert™ Oral Cancer Test appointment online or contact us directly on (+356) 2125 7253 – Skyparks Business Centre, Malta International Airport), or (+356) 2155 7323 – Dingli Street, Victoria, Gozo).

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer starts as a mouth sore or growth. Unlike minor inflammations and injuries, this sore is persistent. No matter what you do, it doesn’t go away.

Various types of oral cancer may occur on the tongue, lips, and the floor of the mouth. In other cases, it may appear on the pharynx sinuses, salivary glands or the soft and hard palate or even in the jaw bones. If not treated early, oral cancer could be life-threatening.

Although people from all genders may get this cancer, it is more prevalent in men. Moreover, men over the age of 50 are at a greater risk of developing oral cancer.

Oral cancer has been on the rise due to the use of tobacco. It does not only apply to smoking but also to using smokeless tobacco. Other major factors include drinking alcohol and the infamous HPV-induced cancers.

Annually, there are over 529,000 new oral cancer diagnoses globally. Sadly, about 290,000 deaths are recorded each year.

Symptoms of oral cancer

  • Oral cancer manifests itself in different ways. However, the common ones are;
  • Bumps, lumps, swellings, eroded areas on the lips or gums
  • Development of red, speckled, or velvety patches on various parts of the mouth
  • Unexplained and frequent bleeding in your mouth
  • Pain, tenderness, numbness, or general loss of feeling in the mouth
  • Sores or swellings in your neck, mouth, or face
  • Feeling as if there is something stuck behind your throat
  • Unexplained difficulties or pain, when chewing, swallowing, or even speaking
  • Changing voice, sore throat, and unusual soreness
  • Ear pain

As you can see, oral cancer has many different symptoms. Unfortunately, some of them are similar to what you would feel when your tonsils ache, or when you have a cold or a sore throat. You can only ascertain that you have oral cancer by taking the appropriate tests. One of the most effective oral cancer tests, also dubbed as the 15 minutes’ oral cancer test is known as the Onc Alert.

Before we delve further into this rapid test, let us walk you through why early detection is the biggest challenge in the treatment of oral cancer.

First off, the early lesions are barely visible. On top of that, they could be mimicking other less serious ailments. Visual examination and the common palpation may not help much. Such tests cannot identify the kind of lesions you have accurately. What’s more, is that the current methods of testing can be quite expensive and hard to interpret.

Onc Rapid Test

Oral cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Its survival rate is tremendously low because most people get the right diagnoses when it’s too late. Moreover, there aren’t many new technologies that doctors can rely on to diagnose this cancer before it advances. What’s worse is that when it comes to oral cancer, there are even fewer tests for routine screening.

Fortunately, Vigilant Biosciences boast of the best oral cancer screening technology that people can use in-home/clinic. This is the OncAlert Oral Cancer lab test. What makes this test outstanding is that it’s not only effective but also accurate and cost-effective. Additionally, it uses unique non-invasive technology. In Europe, this test got a CE mark and this depicts the highest standards in terms of quality.

Given that the OCRTK is a rapid test, your dentist or dental hygienist can screen you in 15 minutes. This increases the chances of an early diagnosis and treatment.

How the OncAlert Oral Cancer Test Works

Before taking this test, you should refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking for at least one hour. This will increase your chances of getting accurate results.

The inventors of this test designed it to detect high protein as well as the CD44. A dentist or dental hygienist only needs to collect your sample using an oral saline test.

The CD44 is a crucial indicator of this disease because it manifests itself more during the early stages. And the resulting test results help to detect and treat oral cancer before it escalates.

Most diagnoses of oral cancer happen at stages 4 and 5. Its 5-year survival rate stands at a disappointing 50%. With the OncAlert test, which can help doctors to catch oral cancer at stages 1 and 2, survival rates can hit the 80%-90% mark.

What makes the OncAlert different from the others?

  • Medical practitioners do not need any specialized equipment or training to use this test
  • Clinicians can administer this test with utmost ease
  • From a patient’s perspective, it is a painless and simple test
  • Most importantly, this test helps to identify patients who may need further examinations

Who is at the highest risk of oral cancer?

The good news is that the key risk factors are preventable. These include heavy drinking of alcohol and smoking.

Smokers are 6 more times likely to get oral cancer than non-smokers. The human papillomavirus is another notorious factor that can put you at risk of getting this disease. These are things that you can avoid. But in case you have any concerns, you should take the OncAlert Oral Cancer test.

The bottom line is that if you are a former or current smoker, this test could be a lifesaver. So, if you think you drink too much or think you have the human papillomavirus, you should consider going for screening.

With the OncAlert Oral Cancer Rapid Test, you will get your results in under 20 minutes. This test has undoubtedly changed the oral cancer testing landscape.

Book Your 15 Minute Oral Cancer Test Today

Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.

If you would like a 15 minute oral cancer test at Savina Dental, please book your appointment using this form.

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Joseph Xuereb

Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams’ full biographical information can be found here.