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Oral Cancer Care

The most common symptoms of mouth cancer are a sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal along with pain in the mouth that does not go away.

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This November we once again recognise MOUTH CANCER ACTION MONTH, when the aim is to raise public awareness of oral cancer and the risk factors associated with the disease.

The incidence rates for oral cancer have been rising in recent years, with over 6,500 people being diagnosed annually in the UK. Without early detection, around half of these people will die, but early diagnosis can give patients a 90% chance of survival.

As part of your routine examination at DENTISTRY@MARKETHILL we not only carry out a visual examination for the signs of oral cancer, but feel it is our responsibility to you to help educate, and inform patients about reducing their risks and what signs and symptoms to watch out for.

Our key message being IF IN DOUBT, GET CHECKED OUT.

 

In many cases, changes are seen in the mouth before the cancer develops. This means that early treatment of these changes will actually prevent a cancer developing.

Other symptoms include:

  • White patches anywhere in your mouth (leukoplakia).
  • Red patches anywhere in your mouth (erythroplakia).
  • A lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat.
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly.
  • A change in your voice or speech problems.
  • Weight loss.
  • A lump in the neck.
  • If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, various other symptoms can develop.

The most important preventive messages to emphasis to the public are to;

  • Visit their dentist regularly
  • Watch for changes in the mouth that don’t resolve
  • Reduce smoking and alcohol
  • Reduce the chances of contracting Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) by practicing safe sex
  • Use sun-block cream in hot weather, and
  • Eat a healthy diet, rich in the protective vitamins A,C and E.

 

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