Have you a lump in your mouth that you are worried about?’ Most of the time its nothing to worry about but its always best to get it checked out. As a regular patient there is no charge and we suggest you book yourself in as soon as possible. The majority of times its nothing at all. Occasionally we refer patients on to a specialist team at the Oral Medicine Clinic at Manchester Dental hospital for a 2nd opinion.
Your dental and medical health is our number one priority, and we perform oral cancer screening for every patient. Oral cancer examinations are necessary, routine and potentially lifesaving.
Did you know?
- Oral cancer is on the increase in both men and women
- Early detection of Oral Cancer gives you a 90% chance of survival.
- The early stages of Oral Cancer can look similar to a mouth ulcer.
- Over 25% of Oral Cancer sufferers are non-smokers
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a disease when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrollable way. These abnormal cells can invade or cause damage to the surrounding tissue, or spread to other parts of the body, causing more damage.
What is Oral Cancer?
It is an uncontrolled growth of cells that can develop in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, under the tongue, lips, sinuses and throat.
What causes oral cancer?
It is thought that something unknown alters or damages certain genes in the cell, causing it to become abnormal and start multiplying.
Risk factors in cancer of the mouth
There increase the chance of oral cancer developing and include:
- There is a much higher incidence of oral cancer in smokers than in non-smokers.
- Excessive or frequent consumption of alcohol, especially coloured spirits such as whiskey
- Certain viral infections of the mouth (HPV), which are sexually transmitted infections.
- Extended sun exposure to the area around your mouth, including your lips, without the use of an effective sun cream.
- Chewing tobacco.
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What are the Symptoms of oral cancer?
The most common symptoms of oral cancer are an ulcer or sore spot in in the mouth that does not heal for several weeks. In many cases, changes in the mouth are seen before the cancer develops. For example: white patches.
Symptoms of mouth cancer include:
- A sore or ulcer that does not heal or bleeds easily.
- A blood blister that does not heal.
- A thick or hard lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat, what may or may not be painful.
- Unusual bleeding or numbness anywhere in the mouth.
- Pain when chewing or swallowing.
- A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
All of the symptoms above can be due to several other conditions so it is best to get your mouth checked properly. If you are displaying any of the symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have oral cancer.
We advise you not to spend time at home worrying but contact us ASAP and let us check your mouth for you. If you are concerned please contact us, so that proper tests can be performed to confirm diagnosis.
Remember, early diagnosis leads to early treatment which can prevent a cancer developing: be proactive.