Mouth Cancer Screening
Mouth cancer is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment. This is because of late detection. Visit your dentist at once if you notice any abnormal problems or are not sure. Regular dental checkups allow early detection of abnormalities in the mouth.
Mouth cancer screening is a simple procedure performed at a dental practice that involves the following:
A detailed analysis of your oral health history to determine any risk factors that you might have.
A thorough examination of the outside of your mouth, your head and neck.
A thorough internal examination of your mouth, including the inside of your cheeks and under your tongue.
A handheld scanning device may also be used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have.
Any inconclusive findings will be referred to a specialist consultant.
It is recommended that you come in for a mouth cancer screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have them looked at.
Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.
Benefits of Mouth Cancer Screening
An early detection of oral cancer dramatically improves the prognosis.
Screening is part of an overall approach for sustained good oral, and general, health.
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