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Crescent Lodge Dental Practice Clapham

Mouth Cancer Screening

You may have heard of mouth cancer and its link to smoking but did you know that the late detection of mouth cancer results in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma?

Mouth cancer causes more than 2,000 deaths a year in the UK. It affects the young, old; smokers and non-smokers. The prevalence of the disease has only increased over the past 10 years, yet many have still not heard about it or would fail to recognise the symptoms. In the UK, mouth cancer is diagnosed in more than 6,750 people annually and without early detection, half will die. The good news is early diagnosis saves lives, improving survival rates from half of cases to more than 90%.

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Regular mouth cancer screening at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice takes only a few minutes but enables us to keep an eye on your oral health and identify any lesions whilst they are small and easy to treat or remove. During a screening our clinical team will carry out a thorough examination of your whole mouth, highlighting any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.

If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is crucial that you come in to have them checked.

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Early warning signs

  • ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
  • red and white patches in the mouth
  • unusual changes

Risk factors

  • Smoking – One in five people in the UK smoke and the habit is still considered the leading cause of mouth cancer.
  • Alcohol – Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth, those who smoke and drink excessively are up to 15 times more likely to develop the disease.
  • HPV virus – The Human papillomavirus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer, with younger people being particularly at risk.
  • Poor diet – Around half of cases are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet.
  • Chewing, or smokeless, tobacco – Although some people believe this type of tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it’s just as dangerous.

Three-quarters of cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol so it is vital that smokers are encouraged to quit and alcohol is drunk in moderation. Prevention is key and lifestyle choices can help minimise risks. For more information, please visit www.mouthcancer.org or www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.

For more information about mouth cancer screenings in London or to book a consultation with our experts, please contact us today! Call us on 020 7622 5333, email reception@dentistsw4.com or complete our contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mouth cancer is on the rise, and can affect you regardless of age or lifestyle. However, as risk factors are associated with drinking, smoking and poor diet, it makes sense to have a screening if you fall into these groups.

By booking in with us for mouth cancer screening, we can help check for any unusual changes in the mouth and look over any lesions. These can be indications of mouth cancer and early diagnosis can and does save lives.

Some of the causes of mouth cancer include drinking, smoking and diet, so making changes to these could have a hand in helping prevent the disease.

Visit our contact page here to get in touch, and we’ll book you in for a mouth cancer screening appointment.

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