Although many of our patients may not know a lot about oral cancer, it’s still responsible for one death every hour. Cancer Research UK analysis has revealed that rates of mouth cancer has jumped by 68 per cent in the UK over the last 20 years.
This could be because mouth cancer typically gets diagnosed in its later stages after it’s had the chance to progress to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes. Therefore, it is extremely important not to miss your mouth cancer screening in Leicester at Aesthetic Smiles, as it can increase the chances of mouth cancer being treatable.
The facts about oral cancer
Oral cancer is classified as the cancer that occurs in your head and neck region. Oral cancer can also be tricky to diagnose, making mouth cancer screenings even more important. There’s also a high rate of reoccurrence with oral cancer, which means if you develop it once, it’s likely to come back again.
Routine examinations with your dentist here at Aesthetic Smiles is truly your first line of defense against oral cancer. Our dental team could find oral cancer early and early detection is the key to successful treatment and recovery from oral cancer.
Signs and symptoms
If you notice any lumps in your neck and mouth, changes to the colour of your gums, such as white patches, or suffer with sores or lesions that don’t heal within two weeks, we recommend you should book a mouth cancer screening with us.
By attending your regular check-up appointments and closely monitoring your own oral health, you’ll have the best chance of treating oral cancer successfully and with the least invasive treatment.
The screening process
Firstly, your dentist will need a detailed analysis of your oral health history to determine any risk factors that you might have that could increase your likelihood of getting oral cancer.
After this, we will then conduct an in-depth examination of the outside of your mouth, head and neck, followed by a thorough internal examination of your mouth, including the inside of your cheeks and under the tongue.