Oral Cancer screenings test people for early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is rare in the UK and once detected, treated patients have a 90% survival rate.
Oral cancer can be invisible in its early stages, once it develops it might not even cause pain or discomfort. Therefore, it is crucial for everyone to have an oral caner screening once a year. The common symptoms of oral cancer are:
Mouth cancer has been linked to age. Almost half of all mouth cancers in The UK were diagnosed in people aged 65 and above and more than a quarter of all cancers were in under 55s. Men are twice as likely to develop mouth cancer than women.
Smoking is known to be a leading contributor to oral cancer. Smoking turns the saliva into a deadly cocktail that turns the mouth cells into cancerous cells. Using smokeless tobacco can increase the oral cancer risk.
Heavy drinking can quadruple the risk of mouth cancer. Alcohol helps the absorption of tobacco, people who smoke and drink excessively are 30 times more likely of developing the oral cancer.
A diet short of sufficient fruit and vegetables has been found to increase the risk of oral cancer.
There are a couple of simple things you can do to detect early signs of oral cancer:
We at Surbiton Smile Centre are committed to prevention and do a thorough mouth cancer screening at each check up appointment. Contact our team if you would like to have a check up or are concerned about something you have found in your mouth and would like to have it investigated further by a dentist.
Please get in touch if you are concerned about any aspect of your dental health. We will treat you fairly and honestly - and we look forward to being able to help you.