Dentist play a big role in detecting oral cancers and informing patients of the risks as oral cancer has a survival rate of 90% when detected early. It is important to be aware of the symptoms and causes of mouth cancer as incidences have risen by 25% in the last 10 years. Mouth cancer can include various types of tumours that appear on the lips, salivary gland, tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks. You can get also get cancer that effects the root of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils and the upper part of the throat which is called pharyngeal cancer.
There are a few health & lifestyle choices that cause mouth cancer. Tobacco is said to be the main cause of mouth cancer with 75% of mouth and throat cancers occurring in smokers. Alcohol also plays a part with people who drink excessively increasing their chances of mouth cancer by four times. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and poor diet are also something to be aware of.
Many of these symptoms are caused by less serious issues such as infections. We also subject our mouth to hot food or drinks and we can accidentally bite ourselves occasionally, these cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth. If your symptoms don’t last any longer then 3 weeks, then you don’t need notify your dentist.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please call the practice on 01784 432 641 immediately to make an appointment for an oral cancer screening.