Oral cancer is a scary but very important topic. Oral cancer in fact is one of the 10 most common types of cancer, and furthermore, has shown no improvement in survival rate over the past several decades! Despite advances in surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, the average five-year survival rate for oral cancer has been and still is only around 50%. The overwhelming reason for these grim statistics is a lack of early detection and diagnosis.
Our office takes the early detection of oral cancerous lesions very seriously. During regular oral examinations, Dr. Yu takes the time to closely scrutinize and screen for possible cancerous precursors. If any tissue abnormalities are found, we immediately perform a quick, painless “brush biopsy” and send it to a laboratory for analysis to determine whether it is potentially cancerous.