Oral Cancer

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Oral Cancer: Everything You Should Know

Oral cancer includes the cancer of the lips, tongues, cheeks and floor of the mouth and can be life threatening if not treated early enough.

What are the symptoms?

  • Swelling / bumps on the lips, gums and other areas in the mouth.
  • White and red patches in the mouth
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Feeling of numbness / loss of feeling in the face
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Ear pain

According to research, men are more likely to get oral cancer rather than women and men over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk. Click here for signs.

Risk factors include:

  • Smoking are six times more likely to develop oral cancer compared to non-smokers
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

25% of oral cancers occur in people who don't smoke, but drink alcohol occasionally. See more causes.

Diagnosing oral cancer

Many dentists in the UK offer a free oral cancer examination. They will feel for any lumps or irregularities in your tissue in your neck, head, face and oral cavity as well as looking out for sores or discoloured tissue.

Based in Balham? Visit the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry for your oral cancer screening appointment.

 


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