The importance of Mouth Cancer Checks
In the UK, more than 8.300 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and globally there are in excess of 300,000 new cases every year.
The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.
Although risk factors (such as smoking and alcohol) are responsible for many mouth cancers, it is a disease that can affect anyone.
That is why it is so important we all know what to look out for.
- Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks.
- Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth.
- Regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything out of the ordinary.
The staff at Gedling Dental are taking part in Novembers Mouth Cancer Action Month; please help us by promoting these messages. If you notice anything out of the ordinary on yourself or with your friends & family, don’t hesitate. Book an appointment with a dentist. Quick action is very often life-saving.