Virtus Health Services India has introduced the O-Test, a low-cost early stage detection test for oral cancer.
Supported by Virtus Health Services’ highly advanced automated screening software, the non-invasive oral cancer test works on two principles.
The first is a five minute visual examination of oral cavity and identification of susceptible areas.
This is followed by the brush test, a non-invasive, painless, bloodless procedure that avoids the need of local anaesthesia.
After the brush test, cells obtained on the brush are transferred to a microscopic slide for staining, which is further analysed for cell abnormalities using the PAP SMEAR method. Further tests are advised if any legions found suspicious or the cells are detected abnormal.
The automated screening software offers higher accuracy and speed of results generation when applied to the entire process right from case history to medical examination and microscopic slide viewing.
O-Test is anticipated to significantly decrease the rate of morbidity and mortality from oral cancer, primarily due to 60% of all diagnosis being at late stages of its advancement.
Virtus Health Services operations director and country head Sunil Ikhe said: "Given the significant morbidity and mortality associated with advance stage oral cancer, there has been a compelling need to provide doctors with an accurate and easy access diagnostic technique for early detection of oral cancer or even identity those at high-risk.
"The O-Test addresses this critical requirement at costs highly affordable and accessible to all sections of society.
"It is imperative for everyone to take their health seriously as early detection can save lives. The early support from corporate India by including the O-Test as an essential health initiative for employee health maintenance is commendable and I expect many others will follow suit."
The company also partnered with the Cancer Aid Society and invited corporations to help boost the early detection of oral cancer.
The O-Test is currently available at hospitals and dental clinics in India.
Image: More than 23% of all recorded cancer deaths in India are from oral cancer. Photo: courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.