According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, ?late stage diagnosis is not occurring because most of these cancers are hard to discover, it is because of a lack of public awareness coupled with the lack of a national program for opportunistic screenings which would yield early discovery.?
So how do you raise awareness while giving clinicians the tools they need in order to accurately and quickly diagnosis oral cancer? Forward Science Technologies created the F.A.C.T. Oral Heath Protocol, a ?proactive approach for a complete oral health assessment.? The acronym stands for fluorescence, assessment and cytology test, which combine fluorescence technology with the power of liquid cytology to help clinicians get the answers they need.
?The F.A.C.T. Oral health protocol puts dentistry in the medical arena, with a proactive approach for a complete oral health assessment using the latest medical technology,? Robert Whitman, CEO of Forward Science Technologies, said. ?If we learn from medicine, we will see a simple protocol can change the trends: pap smears for cervical cancer, PSA tests for prostate cancer, mammograms with breast cancer, and now the F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol for oral cancer.?
Practitioners were only previously able to use their eyes and palpation for a complete oral assessment. Now with advancing technologies, practitioners can ?highlight? these irregularities in much earlier stages using OralID fluorescence technology, and provide additional diagnostic information for the lesions discovered with a cytology test.
The F.A.C.T. Oral Heath Protocol provides clinicians with a system to discover more information about oral cancer, allowing them to evaluate their patient's health with the latest tools available.