Second Step Laboratory Services assists Canadian dental professionals in their efforts to discover and diagnose early-stage oral cancer.
Found early, oral cancer is very receptive to treatment. Found late, it’s not. For dental professionals, the problem is detecting and diagnosing the disease while it’s still in its early stages.
The average dental practice discovers between two and five oral mucosal abnormalities every month that are suspicious for dysplasia or oral cancer. Through conventional and quantitative cytological analysis, as well as biopsy services, Second Step provides the dental community across Canada with pro-active support in the endeavour to protect patients from the ravages of oral cancer.
Surgical biopsy remains the gold standard for oral cancer diagnosis. However, there are occasions when a cytology test is an appropriate 'second step' when a suspicious lesion has been discovered, including:
A cytology test can provide extra information about the possible cancerous or dysplastic nature of a lesion. The results from this test can expedite the clinical decision-making process - possibly leading to a less radical treatment, an improved outcome, as well as an appreciative patient!