At Specialist Dental we routinely screen for mouth cancer – you may have noticed us pressing around your neck and throat and checking in and around your mouth, cheeks and tongue. This is nothing to worry about; we are keeping a regular check on what is normal in your mouth.
Mouth cancer is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with about 1,700 deaths per year in the UK. This is often because of late detection. Visit your dentist at once if you notice anything abnormal or something is not sure about. Regular dental check-ups allow early detection of abnormalities in the mouth.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity that raises awareness of mouth cancers and proviedes information and support to patients, carers and health professionals.
Smoking and excessive drinking are contributing factors to oral cancer. Giving up smoking is not easy. That’s why this web site was produced. Giving up smoking requires preparation, determination, and support. This site is designed to help you with each of these all through this often difficult time. If you’re thinking about giving up, this is a great place to start.