Mouth cancer screening is a short, routine check that we do every time you come in for an appointment or dental treatment. Your dentist will check your face, neck and mouth for any abnormalities that may require further medical investigation.
Different forms of mouth cancer affect many thousands of people every day. Screening is a proven way to detect signs early and increase successful recovery rates.
Tumours, growths and abnormalities can develop in and around the mouth. We look for signs on the tongue, lips and gums as well as on the face, neck and throat. Symptoms that you should not ignore include:
While these symptoms are not necessarily signs of mouth cancer, you should seek a medical opinion as soon as possible. During the mouth cancer screening, your dentist will inform you if they detect any abnormalities. If you have any concerns about your oral health, ask your dentist for advice.
During an oral health check, your dentist will advise you on actions and lifestyle choices you can make to potentially reduce the risk of mouth cancer. These include cutting down or stopping smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
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