A THOROUGH SCREENING FOR ORAL CANCER IS CONDUCTED DURING ROUTINE CHECKUPS. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO INCREASING THE SURVIVAL RATE FOR ORAL CANCER – AND IT PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN A PATIENT’S SUCCESS FIGHTING THE DISEASE.
TESTING FOR ORAL CANCER IS QUICK, SIMPLE, AND PAINLESS. USING THE MOP TESTING METHOD, PATIENTS CAN SWISH AND GARGLE A MINTY MOUTHWASH FOR 30 SECONDS AND SPIT IT BACK INTO A TEST CUP. THE SAMPLE IS SENT TO THE LAB AND TESTED FOR CELL ABNORMALITIES.
What Does the MOP Test For?
The MOP is a very complex, innovative genetic test. It tests for oral cancer in 3 ways.
Changes to your cells could mean a precancerous condition or infection exists.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
While HPV can lead to some cases of oral cancer, your HPV infection may clear up on its own. In either case, we would monitor you to find out, and test you more frequently if an infection tends to linger.
People with certain DNA damage seem to be at a higher risk for oral cancer. These abnormalities don’t mean you have oral cancer or that you are destined to get it, but we recommend more frequent monitoring just to be safe.