Mouth Cancer

Studies show that mouth cancer is on the rise and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. It is a sad truth that the late detection of mouth cancers has resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK.

Mouth cancer screening is a simple procedure performed at a dental practice that involves the following steps:

  • A detailed analysis of your oral health history to determine any risk factors that you might have.
  • A thorough examination of the outside of your mouth, head and neck by observation and touch.
  • A thorough internal examination of your mouth, including the inside of your cheeks and under your tongue.
  • A handheld scanning device may also be used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have.
  • Any inconclusive findings will be referred to a specialist consultant.

It is important for you to know that early detection of oral cancer dramatically improves your chances of dealing with it successfully. We recommend that you come in for a screening at least on an annual basis to sustain good oral and general health.

If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.

Smoking is strongly linked to many types of cancer and other dental issues. At Aura Dental, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation, and if you require any further information, we will be happy to guide you further.

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