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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.

When to Use Cytology Services?

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:

  • the dentist is reluctant to perform a biopsy or make a referral because it isn't immediately clear that such actions are warranted;
  • the patient refuses a biopsy;
  • it is considered unlikely that the patient will follow through on an appointment with a specialist; or
  • timely access to a specialist is not feasible (such as in rural areas).

Results in Two to Three Working Days!

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!

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer

The 6th Most Common
Cancer Worldwide

The 6th Most Common
Cancer Worldwide

Second Step

Second Step

Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services

Commited to Reducing
Oral Cancer Mortality

Commited to Reducing
Oral Cancer Mortality

With a Lesion Discovery

With a Lesion Discovery

A Cytology Test Assists with the Next Course of Action

A Cytology Test Assists with the Next Course of Action

Lesion discovered using
VELscope® Vx scope.

Simple Sample Collection

Simple Sample Collection

Non-Invasive and Painless

Non-Invasive and Painless

Fast, Reliable Results

Fast, Reliable Results

Expedites Your Patient's Treatment!

Expedites Your Patient's Treatment!