The rates of oral cancer have seen a dramatic rise in the last few years, with over 6000 cases diagnosis in the year 2011. Oral cancer can be successfully treated in 90% of cases if caught early, but this number drops to 50% if the cancer is allowed to progress.
What are the symptoms and causes of oral cancer?
There are a number of symptoms to look out for in regards to oral cancer, which include:
• Red or white patches in the mouth.
• Requiring ulcers, which take a long time to heal.
• Pain in the throat.
• Lumps on the tongue or in the mouth.
• Regular excessive alcohol consumption.
• HPV passed between sexual partners.
What does an oral cancer screening involve?
For anyone from Chelmsford who can place themselves into any of the above categories and who are suffering with any of the above symptoms it is recommended that you visit your dentist at once for an oral cancer screening session.
Screening is quick and simply and will involve your doctor inspecting your mouth to check for the warning signs and taking a small biopsy if they feel you are displaying some abnormalities. Your tests results will be back in 2-3 weeks, after which you will receive treatment if you are found to have the disease.
If is always better to be safe rather than sorry, so if you display any symptoms of the disease visit the dentist right away, so they can provide early treatment before the problem gets out of hand. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.