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Why We Screen for Oral Cancer

Friday, May 6th, 2016

1950426_sOral cancer symptoms may not present as painful or be visible to the naked eye. Delaying dental check-ups for long periods and not having oral cancer screening increases the number of people with oral cancer detected in advanced stages.

Why is screening so important?

It is very important to screen for oral cancer so that it may be identified and treated early before the disease impacts overall health or becomes life-threatening..

Symptoms of oral cancer

Patients may request oral cancer screening of they have concerns over any symptoms. Oral cancer may manifest on any part of the mouth, including the tongue and lips as:

  • sores
  • ulcers
  • a lump
  • discoloured skin
  • swollen neck lymph nodes

Signs include difficulties with swallowing, chewing and speaking.

Screening and diagnosis of oral cancer

During regular dental check-ups, dentists may ask patients if they experience such symptoms as part of the oral cancer screening process. Dentists conduct a physical examination of the mouth and where necessary may do a gum or tongue biopsy to see if any cancerous cells are present. Other diagnostic tests may include X-ray or CT scan.

Treating oral cancer

Once oral cancer is diagnosed, patients are provided with information specific to the type and stage of the cancer, and what treatments may be appropriate. The cancer may need to be surgically removed with or without radiation therapy. If you would like more information on oral cancer please contact City Dental in Leeds for more information.

Spotting Mouth Cancer Early In City Centre, Leeds

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

3708143_blogWhen it comes to mouth cancer, early diagnosis is essential and we are eager to raise awareness of mouth cancer to ensure all our patients are able to spot the warning signs. Mouth cancer is a form of cancer, which has become much more common in the UK over the course of the last decade and with early diagnosis we can help to fight this deadly disease and improve survival rates.

We include a mouth cancer check in our routine check-ups and we also urge patients to take advantage of mouth cancer screening, which enables our dentists to spot the very early signs using advanced technology, which identifies changes in the oral tissue, which are visible to the naked eye.

Signs of mouth cancer

One of the reasons survival rates have stalled in the UK is poor public awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Other types of cancer, such as breast, cervical and testicular cancer, have a media profile and this means that most people are familiar with the symptoms, while oral cancer is less well-known, even though it kills more people each year than cervical and testicular cancer combined. The symptoms to look out for include:

  • abnormal lumps or swellings, which may make it harder for you to swallow
  • red or white patches in the mouth
  • mouth ulcers that take a long time to heal (more than 2 weeks)
  • a persistent sore throat

Our advice is to see your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and arrange an appointment if you notice any changes in the mouth. Usually, there’s nothing to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.