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Why Oral Screening is Important

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

585811_blogNovember is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month and we are determined to do everything we can to raise awareness of the importance of oral screening in Leeds. It sounds extreme to say a trip to the dentist could save your life, but with screening, this really is the case.

About screening

Screening is carried out to identify early warnings signs of dental diseases. We are able to use the latest technology to spot potential signs of dental decay and oral cancer before they become visible to the naked eye. In the case of oral cancer, the time of diagnosis is particularly important, as cancer can progress very quickly and the earlier it is treated, the higher the chance of survival.

Screening is nothing to be frightened of or worried about. The tests take minutes and there is no pain involved. In the unlikely event that potential problems are detected, further tests can be arranged and any treatment required can be administered as quickly as possible.

Looking out for signs of oral cancer

Although oral cancer affects more than 6,000 people in the UK every year, surveys suggest that many people are still unaware of what causes oral cancer and which symptoms to look out for. The main risk factors include drinking alcohol on a regular basis, smoking, a poor diet and HPV (human papilloma virus) infection. Symptoms to be wary of include any abnormal lumps or swelling in the mouth, mouth ulcers and sores that take a long time to heal, a persistent sore throat and difficulty swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s advisable to get checked out by your dentist or your GP.

If you’d like to find out more about our screening services or learn more about oral cancer, please don’t hesitate to call us and book an appointment.

Leeds Dentist Raises Awareness of Oral Cancer

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Any form of cancer can devastate lives. Cases of oral cancer have been rising in recent years. It is important to understand the causes and how you can limit your risks. The good news is that new treatments are becoming increasingly successful at treating oral cancer when it is recognised early, for this reason it is vital to know the signs and symptoms of the development of oral cancer.

The most commonly found form of oral cancer is ‘squamous cell carinonas’. The cancer does not develop on your teeth but in any soft tissue in or around the mouth: gums, tongue, or mouth lining. The symptoms of oral cancer are varied and wide ranging. Red and/or white patches, persistent mouth ulcers, or swelling that does not disappear after several weeks can all be indicators. Pain when swallowing, or in the ear or neck can also be a sign of oral cancer. There are, of course, several causes for these symptoms, and so it is highly advised that you visit your local Leeds dentist for a full check up. Your dentist will refer you to a specialist if they believe you are at any risk of oral cancer.

While everyone is at risk from cancer, there are some things that can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Smoking is a major cause of oral (and other) cancer, a large majority of all oral cancer cases are linked to smoking tobacco. High alcohol consumption also increases the chances of cancer. The spread of HPV (human papillomavirus), a STI, is thought to be the cause of rising cases of oral cancer in recent decades.