Oncological prophylaxis

Oncological prophylaxis

A physical examination in the dentist’s office should absolutely not be limited to a cursory look at your teeth. In many cases, it is the dentist who is the first to see disturbing symptoms that may indicate the development of many serious diseases, including oral cancer.

At Vinci Clinic, we go beyond the standard procedures in force at the dentist’s office and take various actions which enable the dentist to detect this deadly disease early enough.

First of all, we put emphasis on comprehensive diagnostics for oral cancer and systematic oncological prophylaxis.

At Vinci Clinic we actively promote oncological prophylaxis:

  1. We inform about the risks associated with pathological changes in the oral cavity and sensitise patients to disturbing symptoms that may suggest the development of the disease,
  2. We carry out screening tests, including a detailed medical history, an extra- and intraoral examination and, if necessary, an examination with the Oralitest device,
  3. We cover special care for patients who belong to the so-called higher risk group. We invite these patients to more frequent check-ups and systematically monitor their oral cavity condition.

Do you know…

  1. In 60% of cases, oral cancer is detected in Poland in the last stage of development, when the chances of cure are practically negligible.
  2. Over 3600 people die annually from lip, mouth and throat cancer in our country.
  3. Poland has one of the highest mortality rates of oral cancer patients in Europe.

An early diagnosis of oral cancer gives a survival rate of 80-90%. In the case of patients in the last stage of the disease, this chance is only 20%!

Education and prevention

Awareness of oral cancer is extremely low among Poles. Few patients are able to identify factors that increase the risk of oral cancer and to list the symptoms that indicate its development. The result of this ignorance is a bleak statistic that places us at the grey end of Europe – every second person diagnosed with oral cancer dies in Poland.

Prophylactic tests are conducted routinely for the following groups of patients:

  • people over 40 years old,
  • of addicted smokers,
  • of alcohol abusers,
  • patients with unhealthy lifestyles,
  • of patients with a history of family history of cancer.

Comprehensive diagnostics

Oral cancer can develop asymptomatic in the initial stage – very often the cancer does not cause visible changes on the surface of the oral mucosa as it grows and infiltrates into the surrounding tissues. However, when the symptoms become clear, they are very often ignored by patients or attributed to other, less serious diseases.

The study includes:

General Medical Interview: this part of the study provides information about the patient’s general health and psychophysical condition. At this stage, the dentist pays special attention to symptoms that may indicate the existence of a cancerous process (feeling of constant fatigue, prolonged, recurring cough or hoarseness, rapid weight loss, healing wounds and ulcers, trouble swallowing).

Extraoral examinations: the dentist assesses, among other things, the symmetry of the patient’s face, nasal patency and lymph nodes. Then he or she checks for any disturbing changes on the patient’s skin, such as nodules, cracks or ulcers.

Intraoral examination: involves a visual and tactile evaluation of the appearance of the tongue and cheek mucous membrane, the appearance and patch of the hard palate and the condition of the patient’s lips (especially around the corners of the mouth). Symptoms such as stiffness and roughness of the mucous membrane, bleeding erosions or ulcers, fingertip thickening, hypertrophy and irregularity, white and red lesions on the mucous membrane – may indicate the onset of cancer.

Additional examination

The clinical examination is complemented by three-dimensional CBCT x-ray diagnostics, laboratory tests and Oralitest. This device allows the doctor to quickly assess the condition of the patient’s oral cavity mucosa. If any disturbing symptoms are detected, the patient is referred for additional examinations or for oncological consultations.