Currently, a visual and physical examination is the standard for oral cancer screening. This is followed by a biopsy if something suspicious or abnormal is found. However, two-thirds of cases are diagnosed at stage III or stage IV with this method, resulting in a low successful cure rate. In contrast, early intervention can yield an 80% to 90% cure rate.
What is needed is a simple, accurate, and cost-effective tool that can easily be adopted as part of the standard of care. Our goal is to empower healthcare practitioners with an aid that, along with other clinical factors, can help detect oral cancer earlier and improve potential outcomes through earlier intervention.
Addressing this need provides the opportunity for those at risk to reverse or change adverse lifestyles to lower the risk of potentially developing oral cancer. In situations where cancer has already started, an early screening and intervention could maximize the effectiveness of the treatment while also potentially minimizing the need for aggressive intervention that could significantly impair quality of life post-treatment.