Cancer can occur all over the body – including our mouths – and, although it isn’t the most common cancer, its prevalence is on the rise.
Sadly, mouth cancer is on the increase with a rise of 64% in the last 10 years.
Mouth cancers are more common among people over the age of 55 – particularly men – but can affect people of all ages.
Most cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol, but the disease can be the result of a poor diet, with recent studies linking it the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a major cause of cervical cancer.
It is therefore important to be aware of the risks and symptoms, as early detection is the key to survival.
Better lifestyle choices and early diagnosis can help to prevent it from developing, which is why we make it our priority to guide and examine all our patients.
Our dental team is experienced in providing excellent dental care completely focused on a healthy, more confident smile.
At every comprehensive dental examination, our dentists carry out a thorough head, mouth and neck cancer screening to ensure your health is on track.
Dentists are trained to spot the early signs of mouth cancer and we carry out screening as part of our oral health check.
What are the symptoms?
Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
Red or white patches in the mouth
Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area
Anything else that looks or feels different to normal.
Am I at risk?
More than 76% of new cases are in those over 55
Men are more likely to have mouth cancer than women
Smoking and alcohol consumption are a risk – combined heavy consumption can increase your risk of mouth cancer by 30 times
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections
Early detection is key to a better chance of cure and only takes a few minutes. We can also discuss diet and lifestyle changes to help lessen the risks.