You often see adverts raising awareness of different forms of cancer, but you may not be as aware of oral cancer. Despite the fact that oral cancer (also known as mouth cancer) kills more people than cervical and testicular cancer combined, public awareness of this disease remains relatively low and we are determined to do something about this. Every year in the UK, more than 6,000 people are affected by oral cancer and numbers are increasing year on year. We are eager to inform our patients about oral cancer and encourage regular screening checks.
About oral cancer
Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat and is most commonly linked to drinking alcohol, smoking and exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV). In the UK, survival rates have stalled and this is mainly due to the fact that most cases are diagnosed at a late stage because people are unaware of the warning signs and symptoms. With screening and regular dental check-ups we are able to keep a constant check on the mouth and identify any changes at an early stage when the chances of successful treatment are higher.
Symptoms of mouth cancer may include:
- slow-healing mouth ulcers and sores
- difficulty swallowing
- a persistent cough
- red or white patches in the mouth
- abnormal swelling or lumps in the mouth or throat
What does screening involve?
Mouth cancer screening is a painless, 5 minute test, which enables us to identify abnormal changes in the soft tissue before they become visible to the naked eye. We use advanced technology to highlight potentially abnormal cells and we can then refer patients for further tests. Screening facilitates early diagnosis, which can increase the chance of survival by up to 90 per cent. To arrange your screening check, call us today.