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Oral health cancer checks

What is Mouth Cancer and how does it affect Oral Health?

Mouth cancer is a term for a variety of tumours (cancers) that develop in the:-

The symptoms may include:-

This is not an exhaustive list, but is intended to show that if there are changes in your mouth that don't go, It is always worthwhile seeing your dentist. There may well be a simple explanation, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If found early at the initial site, more than 90% of people will survive for more than two years with many completely healed. It is a disease much better treated early than late.

How do you reduce your risks?

There has been a sharp rise in cancer in two areas of the mouth especially, Base of tongue (90%) and the Tonsils (70%). Most of this is thought to be down to the Human Papilloma virus, with it thought to be responsible for up to 60% of mouth cancers. There are approximately 7000 new cases a year in the UK, with 2000 deaths a year. It is not the most common cancer, but it is one that is frequently found late when it is more difficult to treat.

Smoking is a very common cause of cancer, and can easily affect the mouth. There are two links below to sites on youtube that show why you shouldn't smoke. They are interviews with an American lady called Terrie who has since died and are quite hard hitting. It may give you an extra reason to give up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zWB4dLYChM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQlblpjWEmc

Finally, this is a link to the website of the British Dental Health Foundation, of which I am a member. It has a link to their tell me about range of information leaflets which you can read on line. It covers a multitude of topics, covering not just mouth cancers but lots of everyday dental information on root fillings, tooth whitening, veneers etc. If there is anything you are unsure of, or need explained in better detail, or were just afraid to ask, this is the site to go to for completely unbiased and very helpful information,

https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about

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