At Y Bont Faen Dental Surgery your health is our number one priority, and as part of your comprehensive examination appointment we perform oral cancer screening. Throughout your ongoing care, any soft tissue changes are reviewed on a regular basis. Oral cancer examinations are necessary, routine and potentially lifesaving.
Oral cancer or mouth cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, under the tongue, lips, sinuses and pharynx (throat).
The main risk factors associated with oral cancers are smoking and alcohol intake.
If you need any advice on stopping smoking please visit the NHS Help Me Quit website.
Please try and stick to recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption. More information can be found on the NHS website.
The following symptoms can be due to cancer or other conditions, so if you are displaying any it does not necessarily mean you have oral cancer:
A sore or ulcer that does not heal and/or bleeds easily.
A blood blister that does not heal
White or red patches anywhere in the mouth (leukoplakia and erythroplakia).
A thick or hard lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat, what may or may not be painful.
Unusual bleeding or numbness anywhere in the mouth.
Pain when chewing or swallowing.
A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
For more information click here to visit the NHS information page.
If you are concerned please contact us, so that proper tests can be performed to confirm a diagnosis.
Remember, early diagnosis leads to early treatment which can prevent a cancer developing; so be proactive.