Thorough checks to identify the early signs of mouth cancer
Although mouth cancer is more common in people over 40, and more men suffer from it than women, it can still affect anyone at any time. It’s actually the eleventh most common type of cancer, with almost 7,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year. So there’s no doubt how important it is to check for early signs that the condition may be developing.
Regular dental check-ups are the most effective way you can make sure that any indications of mouth cancer are caught early. At Larne Dental Centre a thorough screening for mouth cancer is part and parcel of your examination. We will carefully examine your mouth and tongue, using a small mirror to aid visibility.
How we check for warning signs of mouth cancer
The check-up can also involve looking at your neck and underneath the jaw. Signs of mouth cancer can include ulcers which do not heal quickly or discoloured patches of red or white tissue inside the mouth. Your dental team play a crucial role in identifying these possible areas of concern, since they can look closely at parts of the mouth which you won’t be able to see for yourself.
In the UK, the number of new cases of mouth cancer has increased by more than half over the last decade. It’s a worrying statistic, but if the disease is diagnosed early, then the chances of a cure are good. Your overall health is always a prime concern at Larne Dental Centre, and you can trust our team to stay on their guard for any warning signs.