Posts tagged “mouth cancer”

Mouth Cancer Screenings are available for Patients from London

April 25th, 2012

The test for oral cancer is very simple and only takes a few minutes, but it could potentially save your life. There is nothing to worry about and you will not experience any discomfort during the screening check, as your London dentist will just examine your mouth and look out for warning signs and symptoms.

Oral cancer is becoming increasingly common and despite the fact that the number of cases has doubled over the last decade alone, many people are still unaware of the symptoms and as a result, the majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when the cancer is more difficult to treat. Screening tests will help to identify cases early on, which increases the chance of survival dramatically.

Your dentist is in an ideal position to spot oral cancer at an early stage and they can identify symptoms during a routine examination, as well as during screening tests. Attending regular check-ups will help to prevent oral health diseases and promote good oral health, as well as ensuring that you get the treatment you need as quickly as possible in the event that you develop symptoms of oral cancer.

If you have any questions about oral cancer, the causes or symptoms, please do not hesitate to ask. You can also access a wealth of information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website.

 

We take a look at gum disease and mouth cancer

June 1st, 2011

Gum disease is a much more common problem in the elderly than the young due to many more years of exposure to food and drink. The earliest stages of gum disease are reversible so seeing your dentist for a regular check-up will prevent gum disease from spiralling out of control resulting in tooth loss and dentures.

Common signs of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, sore, swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite
  • Changes on the fit of dentures
  • Persistent bad breath/bad taste in mouth

Mouth and throat cancer

Mouth and throat cancer are more likely to occur in the over 40’s so it is essential you are aware of the signs and symptoms. Please see below for the signs and symptoms of mouth and throat cancer:

  • Sore in the mouth that bleeds and doesn’t heal
  • Colour changes in the mouth
  • Pain or lack of feeling in the oral vicinity
  • Difficulty eating, communicating or moving tongue or jaw
  • Change in teeth alignment
  • Lump/thickening in cheek
  • Loosening of teeth/pain around teeth
  • White/red patch on gums, tonsils or lining of mouth
  • Lump or thickening rough spot with a crust

Seeing your dentist regularly is the best way to identify and treat mouth and throat cancer in the initial phases.

Harley Street dentists can help you identify early signs of oral cancer

February 18th, 2011

Cancer is perhaps one word that puts fear into every human. That’s not really surprising when you realise that there are a large number of different types of carcinoma. Modern research however is making a marked inroad into both detecting the disease earlier, and even stopping it spreading.

Facts about oral cancer

One of the least known carcinomas is oral cancer, so it is perhaps a good idea to give you some facts. For instance, in the United States around 36,000 people are diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer each year. From this number about 50 per cent will survive to at least a further 5 years. While on the surface this seems a good statistic, unfortunately, this figure has remained relatively constant for many, many years; decades in fact.

This is further exacerbated when you add in the number of associated throat cancers. Worldwide this is 640,000 cases per year. The major problem with oral cancer is not the difficulty in diagnosing; rather it tends to be diagnosed too late. By then the disease will have taken hold and is likely to be found at secondary sites such as the lymph nodes in the neck.

What’s more, unlike other carcinomas such as skin or lung cancer, where symptoms are more discernible, with oral cancer patients rarely, if ever, show particular signs. In short, there is no early warning. To make matters worse, even if you are successfully treated the risk of developing a secondary cancer is 20 times higher. This risk factor can also last for 5 to 10 years.

Oral cancer is basically a tumour occurring in the mouth, technically called the oral cavity. It results from the development of abnormal tissue in a specific area. This is called a lesion. While lesion types are different, most – approximately 90 per cent – are squamous cell carcinomas.

Detect symptoms for early diagnosis

While early diagnosis is still difficult, practitioners are now realising that it is advisable for individuals to keep a check on anything unusual occurring in the mouth. For example, keep an eye on any sore found that doesn’t heal within 2 weeks. Similarly, check on a prolonged sore throat or a numbness of the tongue or some other area of the mouth.

Other possible symptoms include a lump or swelling in the cheek, white or red patches on the gums, lining of the mouth, tongue or tonsils; prolonged difficulty swallowing or a problem moving the jawbone or the tongue is another potential sign.

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