Thursday 4th February is World Cancer Day, a global event with the objective to get as many people as possible around the world to unite together in the battle against cancer.
People are not often aware of mouth cancer. Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. As it is, people with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer.
What is mouth cancer?
We’ve all heard of cancers that effect parts of the body such as the lungs or breast, but cancer can also occur in the mouth where it can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
What can cause mouth cancer?
Causes of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Over exposure to the sun can increase the risk of cancer to the lips.
What are the signs of mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer can appear in different forms in the mouth or on the tongue or lips. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer. It is important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.
How can mouth cancer be detected early?
Your dentist can often spot mouth cancer in its early stages during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is recognised early, then the chances of a cure are good. Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late.
If you have any concerns at all visit your dentist as soon as possible. At Smile Concepts we carry out an oral cancer screen as a part of our new patient assessment.
How can I make sure that my mouth stays healthy?
On 4th February, World Cancer Day, join us in the global fight against cancer by sharing this post on social media using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay #ADayToUnite. Feel free to use the 2016 year theme #WeCanICan or #WCD2016. At Smile Concepts, we’ll also be changing our social media profile pictures to the World Cancer Day logo.