Routine Dental Care » Mouth Health Check including Cancer Screening
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, including the use of a handheld scanning device that is used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.
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In the UK, over 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011 and mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously plus, poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
Early detection is vital and this starts at home. We have therefore prepared this simple guide, in conjunction with The Mouth Cancer Foundation.
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Dr Daniel Murphy
It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Late detection of mouth cancers have 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, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.