Around 8,300 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, with this rate only increasing every year.
Unfortunately, late detection of mouth cancers has resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. For this reason, mouth cancer screening can save lives!
Mouth cancer screening is a quick procedure offered at Hermes London Dental Clinic. The procedure involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth and includes the use of a handheld scanning device that is used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of Mouth Cancer
Mouth cancer can start in different parts of the mouth, including the lips, salivary glands, tongue, gums, palate and inside of the cheeks.
Some common mouth cancer symptoms to look out for include:
- A sore on the lip/mouth that doesn’t heal
- Loose teeth
- Pain or discomfort inside the mouth
- Pain or discomfort in the ear
- A growth inside the mouth
- Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing
- A white or red patch on the inside of the mouth
If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Mouth Cancer and Smoking
Smoking has been known to cause at least 15 types of cancer, with around two in every three mouth cancers being linked to smoking.
As dental professionals, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. We believe it is important to make you aware of the risks of ongoing smoking and help you quit by giving you information and support.
By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products, your oral health will benefit very quickly, and you will notice changes in your certain mouth.
Regular smokers are advised to visit us for mouth cancer screening on a more regular basis and to read more on smoking cessation.
Mouth Cancer Screening in London
Not only is it essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups, but it’s also recommended that you come in for a screening on an annual basis.
An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation. For more information or for advice and support, please get in touch.