Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis for anyone to hear and unfortunately, recent studies show that cases of oral cancer are on the rise, with thousands of people being diagnosed each year. However, early detection can greatly increase the chances of recovery which is why oral cancer screening is an essential part of preventative dentistry and something that is often recommended to patients based on their history, lifestyle and age.
At Marsh Farm Dental, our expert clinicians are experienced and highly trained in detecting the early signs of mouth cancer, helping to reassure you that everything is OK or to help refer you to the relevant specialists if treatment is needed.
Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Given the rise in rates of all forms of cancer – particularly mouth cancer – early detection has never been more important in improving chances of a positive outcome.
Some of the symptoms that could be an indication of mouth cancer include:
Some of these symptoms are rare and can be caused by other issues not related to cancer. However, if you have any concerns, then it is important to get them investigated immediately.
There are a number of risks and causes that increase your chances of getting oral cancer such as;
Dentists usually carry out oral cancer screening as part of a patient’s regular check-up in order to detect any irregularities or precancerous signs and maximise the chances of early detection and recovery.
In cases where patients come in due to symptoms that have been concerning them, our dentists can go through a thorough screening process to examine areas such as the tongue, lips, face, neck, head, gums, throat and mouth. If they do spot anything suspicious looking then this alone cannot diagnose oral cancer, but it often will result in referral to a specialist for further tests such as a biopsy, to help determine the official cause of the problem.
If you are worried about your oral health, have concerns about specific symptoms you are experiencing or would simply like the peace of mind, then our oral cancer dentists in Bedfordshire are here to help.
Get in touch and one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have and get you booked in for an oral cancer screening.
An examination will be carried out looking at and feeling certain areas and tissue including;
Dentists are trained to spot the early signs of cancer and can see areas inside the mouth that patients cannot, so regular dental check-ups with a qualified professional are always advised.
There are a number of factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing oral cancer such as;
There are a number of things that patients can do to help keep their bodies and mouths healthy and reduce their risk of developing oral cancer:
Stop or reduce smoking and alcohol consumption
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