At Aqua Dental Spa we are committed to providing our patients with the best treatments to boost oral health and prevent oral diseases and we offer mouth cancer screening to enable patients to undergo checks for signs of oral cancer, which may not yet be visible to the human eye. Our aim is to educate patients about oral cancer and raise awareness of this deadly disease to help reduce the risk of mouth cancer and ensure that as many cases as possible are diagnosed at an early stage.
About oral cancer
Oral cancer is a form of cancer, which affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. According to statistics, oral cancer is becoming more prevalent year on year and last year, and more than 6,000 separate cases were diagnosed. Over the last ten years alone, the number of people affected by oral cancer has almost doubled and experts predict that this trend will continue in the future.
The main risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, prolonged or excessive consumption of alcohol and exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Symptoms of mouth cancer
One of the most important things when it comes to oral cancer is being aware of the symptoms; if you know which signs you’re looking out for, this means that you can seek medical advice as soon as possible and the earlier mouth cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chances of survival. Unfortunately, surveys show that most people are still unaware of the symptoms of mouth cancer and this is why so many cases are diagnosed at a late stage.
The main symptoms to look out for include abnormal swelling or lumps in the mouth or throat, ulcers that take longer than 2 weeks to heal and red or white patches of soft tissue in the mouth or throat. You may also experience a persistent sore throat and find it difficult to swallow.
Screening is a way of looking around the mouth to spot changes in the oral tissue and identify abnormalities. We use the latest technology to detect these changes before they become noticeable to the naked eye and this means that further tests can be ordered at a very early stage, when the prognosis is much better. Screening tests are quick and completely painless and they could save many lives.