At Synergy Dental Group we believe in treating our patients with a whole body approach. With this approach we believe we can provide our patients with the best care and treatment options. In our office we have been more focused on preventive care and with this we are proud to offer complimentary Oral Cancer screenings. Health professionals in Ontario, Canada are detecting more cases of oral cancer and pre-cancer than ever before, according to an 11-year study led by University of Toronto researchers.
Head and neck cancer, including oral cancer, cancer of the larynx, and cancer of the pharynx, is the sixth most common type of cancer, with approximately 643,000 worldwide cases reported annually.
"Our study highlights the fundamental role of dentists in the diagnosis of oral cancer, and particularly premalignant oral lesions. These premalignant lesions have the potential of transforming to cancer and early detection can improve patient survival," says Marco A. O. Magalhaes, DDS, MSc, PhD, Dip, ABOMP, FRCD(C), an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. Magalhaes, who led the study, also serves as an oral pathologist at the Toronto Oral Pathology Service (TOPS). At Synergy Dental Group we have VELscope technology which stimulates epithelial cells and stroma by a blue light (400-460 nm). The VELscope exam takes less than 5 minutes to do and is noninvasive using a light only. We do not charge a separate fee for the VELscope because we do not want cost to enter the patient’s decision as to whether or not to have the exam. We feel that our practice should provide the highest level of care, incorporating the latest technology in detection and treatment.