Oral Cancer Screening

Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. As it is, people with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer.


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Oral cancer is often linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, unhealthy diet, and sexual activity.

Oral cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in the UK with over a 50% increase in cases within the last decade.

Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. In the last year, more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago.

Before every consultation our dentists start with an extra-oral and intra-oral examination, taking into account the medical history and lifestyle of our patients, and checking for any abnormalities, signs or symptoms. If your dentist finds something unusual they will refer you to a hospital consultant.

Early detection is key for curing mouth cancer. Regular dental check-ups can help catch it early. Seek medical attention promptly if you have concerns.

What signs and symptoms of oral cancer do we look for?

As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places including the tongue, gums, lips and cheek it is very important that you know what to look for.

If you experience any of these, get it checked out by your dentist or doctor:

Early detection of mouth cancer increases the chances of a full recovery. Many people fail to get regular dental check-ups, leading to delayed medical attention.

How can I keep my mouth healthy?

It is important to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, even if you wear dentures. This is especially important if you smoke and drink alcohol.

When brushing your teeth, look out for any changes in your mouth, and report any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above.

When exposed to the sun, be sure to use good protective sun cream, and put the correct type of barrier cream on your lips.

A good diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E, provides protection against the development of mouth cancer. Plenty of fruit and vegetables help the body protect itself, in general, from most cancers.

Cut down on your smoking and drinking.


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