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As a dental practice, we can spot the signs of oral cancer early and help you to take the next step. Our friendly staff will be here to support you from the moment you walk through the door.
We screen you for oral cancer at every check up in our 15-point healthy mouth check. We will assess your tongue and look for lumps and other signs of the disease.
Oral cancer (or mouth cancer) is where a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. It is now the tenth most common cancer in UK men and fifteenth in UK women.
The majority of oral cancers are of the tongue, mouth, tonsils and the part of the throat called the oropharynx.
in 2011, 6,767 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK. That's one person diagnosed every 77 minutes.
There’s been a significant rise in oral cancer since 2002, with 12 in 100,000 people diagnosed.
Over the years, society changes and so do our lifestyles. The rates of many types of cancer are linked to the things we do on a daily basis.
The biggest risk factor for developing mouth cancer is smoking, chewing tobacco and heavy drinking.
The sexually transmitted disease human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts and can also lead to mouth cancer.
What Are The Symptoms?
How to Reduce The Risk
The NHS states the three most effective ways to prevent oral cancer or stop it happening are the following:
Remember early detection for mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90%, an excellent rate. However, delayed diagnosis plummets that figure to 50%. With one person in ten unaware of the threat, help spread the word and raise awareness.
I totally trust the dentists’ abilities and recommendations – preventative and corrective care – not invasive. They provide excellent all - round care with special care for nervous patients – not too invasive."