Brush Cytology/Biopsy

Oral brush cytology is a simple procedure done right in our office. It results in very little or no pain or bleeding, and requires no anesthetic. Firm pressure with a circular brush is applied to the suspicious area. The brush is then firmly rotated five to ten times. The benefits of brush cytology are the possible avoidance of surgical biopsy, and the ease of sampling, which can be performed during a routine dental examination. Because of its ease of use, and the elimination of any surgical procedure, this method allows tissue samples to be taken early in areas that in the past, the doctor may have decided to just watch for while. With oral cancer, an earlier determination is always important, for both your piece of mind, and because cancers caught earlier have a higher success rate of being cured.

We may also refer you to an oral surgeon or the B.C. Oral Cancer Agency, where:

  • A biopsy (surgical removal and microscopic examination) of the suspicious area may be (re)-taken.
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays, ultra sounds, CT scans or MRIs may be taken.
  • Chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery may be necessary to remove tumor(s).

For more information, visit the Oral Cancer Foundation web site »

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