A new nationwide survey in aid of Mouth Cancer Action Month has found that too many of us remain unaware of the major causes of mouth cancer including; smoking, excess alcohol consumption, poor diet, oral sex and kissing.
This follows new findings from Cancer Research UK showing that mouth cancer is becoming an increasingly common problem in Britain and kills more people each year than cervical and testicular cancer combined.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign organisers, has said “As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, the British Dental Health Foundation are asking everybody to be ‘mouthaware’ and be more alert for any changes that might occur inside the mouth. Early detection of mouth cancer can give you a near 90 per cent chance of survival. If you present with symptoms that you have been unaware of or have left for too long, your chances of surviving can drop to 50 per cent. Keeping regular dental appointments and visiting your dentist if you notice any changes inside the mouth really could save your life.”
Mouth cancer screening plays a key part of your Dental Health Examination at our practice. As early detection is so crucial for survival, it’s extremely important that you know what to look out for in between your routine visits. Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheeks. Three signs and symptoms NOT to ignore are:
- Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks
- Red and white patches in the mouth
- Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area
If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.
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