Learn about oral cancer through ‘Advance’ from a trained professional in Chelmsford

Oral cancer normally begins on the surface of the tongue at the floor of the mouth. From this position, the cancer normally spreads throughout the mouth, onto the lips and may even begin metastasis, moving around the body, to the neck and glands through transportation in the lymphatic system.

Symptoms of oral cancer include patches on the inside of your mouth or lips that are either white, red or a mixture of the two. Dentists are able recognise the symptoms of oral cancer straight away so it is essential you visit your local practice for regular check-ups to ensure an early diagnosis of any such problems. Painful sores that won’t heal, earache, frequent oral bleeding, loose teeth or a lump in your neck are other symptoms to be aware of.

Smokers, heavy drinkers and individuals who eat high levels of processed foods are all at higher risk of developing oral cancer. These substances all contain carcinogens that can induce the formation of a tumour.

If you are suspected of having oral cancer, a biopsy of your tumour will been taken and the stage at which it is at will be determined. Where possible, the bulk of any tumour will be removed from the mouth by surgery, after which any additional therapies may begin. Ionising radiotherapy, chemotherapy and anti-cancer drugs are all treatments that may be used to treat oral cancer.

The most important message in the diagnosis of oral cancer is to ensure you attend your biannual check-ups with your dentist in Chelmsford, or to contact your local practice if you are worried about any symptoms you may have. As with all cancers, early diagnosis is the key to early treatment and stopping the disease in it’s tracks. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.