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Would YOU know how to identify mouth cancer?

by Evesham Dental, on 3rd January 2019 | Comments Off on Would YOU know how to identify mouth cancer?

Last Updated on 3rd January 2019

A new report looking into mouth cancer in the UK reveals a dangerous and widespread lack of awareness about the disease – including the signs and symptoms associated with it.

The UK’s first State of Mouth Cancer Report , highlighted by Evesham Dental Health Team’s principal dentist, Richard Colebourne, shows nearly 8,300 people a year are now diagnosed with mouth cancer – a 49% increase compared to a decade ago.

  • 45% of British adults admit to not having any understanding about mouth cancer.
  • 75% say they do not know the symptoms
  • 82% do not know where mouth cancer appears

Free mouth cancer screenings for Worcestershire residents

Our Evesham dentists screen all patients for mouth cancer at each dental health review because early detection saves lives. We also offer a FREE mouth cancer screening appointment to any members of the public, all year round.

Speaking on the release of the report, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says: “We have published this report to highlight the need for greater awareness of mouth cancer. It is extremely concerning to see the lack of basic knowledge about the disease, especially as it continues to affect more people every year.

“For so long, mouth cancer seems to have gone under the radar. It is now time for us to take notice and learn what we need to, so that we can help protect ourselves and others around us.

“It is so important to understand what is most likely to put us at risk, how we can spot mouth cancer, and where we can go if we see anything out of the ordinary.”

The causes and warning signs of mouth cancer

Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol to excess, the human papillomavirus HPV (transmitted through oral sex), and poor diet are the leading causes of the disease.

The early warning signs of mouth cancer are mouth ulcers that last longer than three weeks, red or white patches and unusual lumps and swellings.

The disease can appear in the mouth, lips, head and neck.

A summary of the key findings

  • New cases of mouth cancer in the UK have now reached 8,302 a year.
  • This has increased by 49% in the last decade and by 135% compared with 20 years’ ago.
  • 56% of mouth cancers appear on the tongue and tonsils.
  • Last year, 2,722 Brits lost their life the mouth cancer.
  • The ten-year survival rate is between 19% and 58%, depending on where the cancer strikes and how early it is diagnosed.

If in doubt, get checked out – contact our Evesham dental practice today for more information or to book your free oral cancer screening.

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