Worried about Oral Cancer?
Cancer can affect all of us regardless of our heritage, oral cancer is a broadly unappreciated subject in itself.
We offer oral cancer screening throughout the year.
Mouth cancer sits in a head and neck cancer group. Mouth cancer and other head and neck cancers are often assessed and treated in a similar manor.
As you would expect there are many different types of mouth cancer, whilst we have attempted to cover some of the common questions if you are concerned please book into see your dentist or an oral cancer screening with out delay.
As you can see from the below list the challenge for many is that a number of the symptoms can be attributed to a viral infection or common cold. This is why we run regular oral cancer screening sessions throughout the year.
- A sore that keeps bleeding
- A sore that doesn't healA growth or lump / thickening of the lining or skin
- A loose tooth or teeth
- Possibly poorly fitting or fitted dentures
- Severe tongue pain
- A painful jaw or stiffness
- Painful chewing or eating difficulty
- Painful to swallow
- A sore throat
If you have any concerns, please get in touch without delay; Call -01527 874 537 or click here to complete our contact request form
Mouth cancer can develop in any of the part of the mouth such as;
- Inner lining of the cheeks
- Mouth roof
- Mouth floor
During a routine examination we may find signs of cancers formation or pre-cancers of the mouth and throat, but many of these cancers are found because of signs or symptoms a person is having.
If this is the case and you have concern, you should see a doctor or book into see your dentist who will provide a through examination. Then, if cancer is suspected, further tests or a biopsy will be required.
According to research men are susceptible to 2x the risk of developing oral cancer asa posed to women.
Furthermore men aged 50 or over are at greatest risk.
Contributing factors for the development of oral cancer include:
- Heavy alcoholic drinkers. Oral cancer is circa 6x more common in drinkers than nondrinkers.
- History of cancer in your family.
- Sun exposure, without protection especially at a younger age.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Regardless of the above please note over 20% oral cancers occur in people whom only drink occasionally and whom do not smoke.
Thanks to Oral Cancer Screening sessions throughout the country, oral cancer is often discovered early.
As such the cure rate is over 85%.
However, that does not mean that you should be complacent, as early diagnosis is critical to this figure. For example, If the cancer spreads before diagnosed, this rate drops to less than 60%.
As with all Cancers; Early diagnosis & treatment is the best approach.