Articles How an Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life
At Harley Street Dental Studio, we strive to promote good health and prevent oral diseases. We invest in the latest equipment to help our clients maintain healthy smiles. Oral cancer has become increasingly prevalent in the UK in the last ten years and we strive to raise awareness of this disease and ensure that any signs and symptoms are spotted at the earliest possible stage. We recommend oral cancer screening and regular routine appointments for all adult clients. It sounds extreme to say that a trip to the dentist could save your life, but with an oral cancer screening, this really could be the case.
Oral cancer screening at Harley Street Dental Studio
Oral cancer screening is quick and involves the use of advanced technology to look for abnormal changes in the soft tissue in your mouth and throat. We have a VELscope oral assessment system that flags up abnormal tissue and enables us to spot potential warning signs before they become visible. As the chance of survival can be increased by up to 90 percent by early diagnosis, it’s no exaggeration to say that this piece of kit could save your life.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat and the most common symptoms include:
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Slow-healing mouth ulcers or sores
- Abnormal lumps, bumps or lesions
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Pain in the ears and a persistent sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
While in the vast majority of cases these signs will turn out to be harmless, it is always worth getting checked out by your dentist. If you would like to book a screening test or find out more about oral cancer screening, please don’t hesitate to call.
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