Mouth cancer detection at 207 Dental Care
Mouth cancer is one of the less common cancers in the UK but it results in around 1700 deaths each year. This is significantly more than breast, cervical and skin cancer and is more than likely due to late detection of the disease.
Mouth cancer is on the increase with just over 6,500 cases detected each year in the UK. It is most common between age of 50-74 although can occur in younger patients too.
If diagnosed early mouth cancer is often possible to cure with good chances of long-term survival. That’s why it’s so important to attend regular check-ups- so your dentist can spot any signs early. If you have noticed any changes or are concerned about any problems in your mouth please contact us immediately.
The Mouth cancer foundation has devised a Mouth cancer screening accreditation scheme (MCSAS) which is followed by 207 Dental Care. All patients over the age of 16 will benefit from this thorough check of the mouth, head and neck. It is hoped that by following the procedure potential problems can be detected early resulting in a reduced diagnosis time and a better chance of successful treatment.
The check takes less than two minutes and forms part of our standard dental check-up procedure.
Mouth cancer symptoms and signs to look out for:
- Red or white patches on the mouth or tongue
- Ulcers that won’t go away
- Strange lumps in anywhere in your mouth, neck or throat.
Increasing your risks of mouth cancer.
There are a number of lifestyle factors that can increase your risk of developing oral cancers.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Human Papilloma virus (HPV) infections
If you have any concerns at all, we advise you get checked out at the earliest possible opportunity
For more information on mouth cancer click here.