Sun Life Financial has added oral cancer screening as a covered procedure on most new dental cases. Coverage is available on plans that became effective Sep. 1 or later for pre-diagnostic tests:

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  • Toluidine blue stain: Lesions in the mouth are coated with a blue dye. Areas that stain darker are more likely to be cancer or become cancer.
  • Fluorescence staining: Lesions in the mouth are viewed using a special light after a fluorescent mouth rinse.
  • Exfoliative cytology: A piece of cotton, a brush, or a small wooden stick is used to gently scrape cells from the lips, tongue, mouth or throat. The cells are viewed under a microscope to determine if they are abnormal.
  • Brush biopsy: Cells are removed with a brush designed to collect cells from all layers of a lesion. The cells are viewed under a microscope to find out if they are abnormal.

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