According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, there were over 11,000 new cases of mouth cancer in the UK in 2014; 4,000 were terminal. Cases are on the increase and in part Cancer Research UK puts this down to late detection. It’s now more important than ever to take screening seriously and if the figures show anything, finding out early is the key to successful treatment.
Your dentist is in an excellent position to screen you for mouth cancer and although cancer needs to be taken seriously, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a frightening issue. If anything, with the support of your dentist, it can be as simple as being part of your yearly oral health check-up.
At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a great screening service for all our patients. It’s a straightforward appointment with a full check of your head, neck and mouth area, followed by an examination inside your mouth using a handheld scanning device. This will highlight anything that looks different or needs more thorough investigation, either fully diagnosing and treating, or we will refer you on for further treatment.
Don’t let fear stop you
In Glasgow, mouth cancer screening is painless, quick and easy to do. Much like having tests for cervical or prostate cancer, building yearly check-ups into your health routine is important. It ensures that if there are any abnormal cells, they are caught in their early stages and treated effectively. If you have any lumps or ulcers in your mouth that have been persistent, do also have them checked with us.
Smoking, drinking and diet are also contributing factors to your oral health and have direct links to cancer, so we will encourage you to give up or at least reduce your habit. There’s lots of great information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website to support and help you, and also don’t forget, we are here to support and advise you to.
By ensuring you book you and your families screening once a year, you not only set up a great routine of care for life, you also ensure, should the worst happen, we can be there to give you treatment quickly and effectively.