A very important reason for attending regular dental appointments is for your dentist to provide mouth cancer screening. There are approximately 6,000 new cases of mouth cancer in the UK every year and of those, 1,800 will die from it.
Your dentist will examine the soft tissues of your mouth (the lips, tongue, inside the cheeks and throat) looking for anything unusual. He or she will also take your medical history and assess your individual mouth cancer risk, and will offer advice whenever risks are high. The main risk factors for mouth cancer include smoking, alcohol consumption and the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV), which is also known for its role in cervical cancer.
Signs and symptoms you should look out for:
In the early stages, mouth cancer is often painless, and the physical signs may not be obvious.
Early indicators might include:
More advanced indicators are:
When found early, the mouth cancer five-year survival rate is good, at approximately 83%. However when found late, unfortunately the mouth cancer five-year survival rate is poor at approximately 32%.
Clearly, finding oral cancer in its early stages is the key.
At Zebon Copse Dental we use the VELscope for mouth cancer screening.
Its blue light stimulates the natural fluorescence in the soft tissues allowing dental professionals to see disease sometimes not visible to the naked eye and discover disease at its most curable stage. Typically, healthy tissue appears as a bright apple-green glow while suspicious regions are identified by a loss of fluorescence , which appear dark.
Clinical appearance under white light
1. Mild Dysplasia 2. Carcinoma in situ (CIS)
Please contact us if you have any concerns.
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