Studies show that mouth cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure at the dental practice that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth. In conjunction with your confidential medical history, we will highlight any risk factors so we can offer Preventative advice.
If there is something that we feel requires further attention , then we will make the necessary specialist referral - usually to a Maxillofacial Surgeon.
It is recommended that you come in for screening on a yearly basis as a minimum. If you have any sores area under dentures, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to let us have a look at it.
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.
Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems such as gum disease, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.
If you have any concerns and would like to discuss these with us then please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our dentists will be only too happy to help.