Don't delay contacting us if you have a concern, it could save your life....
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
How often do you think about mouth cancer? Not very often probably, but did you know the following facts about mouth cancer?...
It is the 6th most common cancer in world and it affects 8300 brits a year
23 people diagnosed mouth cancer every day in uk
Survival rates have not improved in the last 30 years
The single most important factor in 5 year patient survival is detection of the tumour when it is under 2cm in size (size of one of your fingernails)
Restrictions on dental services due to covid-19 likely to continue for some time, however if after reading the following information you have any concerns, you should contact us as soon as possible.
What are the signs?
Mouth ulcers that do not heal after several weeks
Unexplained, persistent lumps in throat, loose teeth or odd feeling on lip or tongue
A change in the sound of your voice
What are the risk factors for mouth cancer?
The risk is higher with heavy use of alcohol and tobacco and combination of alcohol and tobacco. See https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/cancer/cancer-types-in-adults/mouth-cancer for further information
Human Papilloma virus (HPV) see https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/can-oral-sex-give-you-cancer/ for further information. A effective gender neutral vaccination programme if fortunately in place now as this virus for school children aged 11-12
We are a safe place to visit and you should get in touch if you are concerned about any ulcers or other areas of your mouth. It can be as simple as emailing us a photograph to email@example.com or calling us on 01939 232864 to discuss your concern with a member of our team. Don't be too busy, get in touch if you need to
Don't be embarrassed to talk to us about your smoking and drinking habits. As an ex-smoker myself, I understand that sometimes it can be easier to bury you head in the sand than to face dealing with your unwanted habits . Know that we are a safe and discrete source of help if you need it. Like I often say to my patients, everyone has a vice! don't be ashamed to talk about it.