Are you mouth cancer aware? Visit our dental practice to find out
As of today the UK has had more than 6,700 people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the last year.
It remains one of very few cancers that is predicted to increase further in the coming years. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade.
Mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.
Early diagnosis of mouth cancer saves lives
The Bexleyheath dentists at Danson Park Dental Practice in southeast London offer mouth cancer examinations for patients all year round – so book your appointment now.
We screen our patients at least annually because early diagnosis saves lives, improving survival chances from half of cases to more than 90%.
Symptoms of mouth cancer
Remember to never ignore:
- Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
- Red and white patches in the mouth
- Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth
Get checked out – you can call Danson Park Dental Practice on 020 8303 3726 to book.
Mouth cancer statistics
Mouth cancer kills more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. Mouth cancer also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents in the UK. By knowing more about the risk factors, living healthier lifestyles and by learning what to look out for we can help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer affects.
Know the risk factors that could cause mouth cancer
• Smoking – Considered the leading cause of mouth cancer with one in five people in the UK smoke.
• Alcohol – Drinking to excess can increase mouth cancer risks by four times. As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth. Those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease.
• HPV virus – The human papillomavirus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer. Younger people are particularly at risk as are those with multiple partners.
• Poor diet – An unhealthy diet has been the cause for 50% of cases
• Chewing or smokeless tobacco – Although some people believe this type of tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it is much more dangerous.
Three-quarters of cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol so it is important that smokers are encouraged to quit and alcohol is drunk in moderation. Prevention is key and lifestyle choices can help minimise risks.
If you smoke or drink regularly, please make sure you visit us as often as your Bexleyheath dentist advises so that we can check your oral health.
If you need a dentist appointment, please don’t hesitate about contacting us. We pride ourselves on giving you the first-class care you need to keep your smile happy and healthy. You can book online via our contact form for a dentist appointment in Bexleyheath or call us on 020 8303 3726.