Oral cancer is an extremely serious condition; one of the worst that affect a person’s mouth. Although the survival rate is fairly high with early diagnosis, if the disease is allowed to develop it can cause fatality. Your dentist plays a crucial part in diagnosing oral cancer earlier as they are trained to spot early signs such as the presence on soft tissue of red and white patches which don’t fade naturally.
Men are twice as likely to be affected by oral cancer as women and smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol can increase the chances of developing it. In spite of this, it is worth noting that in nearly a quarter of all cases the patient is neither male nor smokes or drinks, proving that not only those in the high risk categories can suffer from oral cancer.
Small swellings or rusty spots occurring on the inside of the mouth can be signs of the first stages of oral cancer and unexplained oral bleeding or sudden weight loss should be taken seriously and examined by at a Leeds dentist. Be vigilant too about difficulties eating or drinking due to pain or soreness in the mouth as these too can be early signals of the disease.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial in the fight against oral cancer and dangerous substances such as alcohol and tobacco should be avoided. Self-examination can be undertaken by using your finger to feel for bumps, or visually in a mirror to spot any coloured patches. Most crucial of all is to continue to visit your dentist every six months so that they can guard against the signs of oral cancer.