Early detection crucial in catching oral cancer

Langley London Drugs offering oral health screening clinics on May 10

An oral health screening is being offered in Langley next week.

On Tuesday, May 10, the Langley London Drugs (20202 66 Ave.) dental professionals will conduct a simple head and neck exam an intra-oral assessment to help detect for oral issue abnormalities.

A blue-spectrum light is used to detect any tissues that aren’t apparent or visible to the naked eye.

“What began as a three clinic trial with a dental professional in collaboration with our pharmacists in April 2015, quickly grew to 12 clinics in a matter of weeks, during our first ever attempt at this program,” explained John Tse, vice president pharmacy, London Drugs.

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world with approximately three people dying of oral cancer every day in Canada. Early detection is crucial. Most oral cancers are diagnosed late when the survival rate is poor.

“Easy, accessible, affordable access to oral cancer screening is a major step toward early detection and recommended follow up testing with a dentist when necessary,” said Tse.

“London Drugs’ clinics bring incredible awareness to oral cancer screening and the importance of early detection,” said Dr. Ken Neuman. “The best way to monitor your oral health is to work with your dental care provider either at the dental office or at a screening clinic such as the one offered at London Drugs. This program is especially popular among individuals who might not regularly visit a dentist.”

Cost of the clinic is $25 with $5 donated to the B.C. Oral Cancer Prevention Program.

The clinic is being offered between 3 and 7 p.m.