What is Mouth Cancer?

Mouth cancer is a type of head and neck cancer, and is often treated similarly to other head and neck cancers. It is caused by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of certain cells in the mouth.
Mouth cancer includes cancer that starts anywhere in your mouth, including:
• your lips
• your tongue
• your gums
• in the floor of your mouth or under your tongue
• inside your cheeks and lips
• in the roof of your mouth (the palate)
• in the area behind your wisdom teeth
It is important to examine you own mouth on a regular basis and/or attend free annual screenings in November at your local Dental Practice.
The latest figures from the British Dental Health Foundation show, that more than 6000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in the UK alone. At these current rates of growth, those diagnosed with the disease will have doubled within a single generation!
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?
Long standing non healing ulcers, red white patches on the tongue, gums, floor of the mouth or lips are the most common symptoms of Mouth Cancer. Unusual swellings or lumps in the mouth are often the first warning signs.
Less commons symptoms include pain on chewing or swallowing, a sore throat that won’t go away over a long period of time (over 6weeks), thickening of the cheek lining and unusual pain, bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
Early Detection Saves Lives… the 5year survival rate of mouth cancer patients is 50% BUT with early diagnosis, patients have a 90% chance of survival.
so if you or anyone you know of, have any of these symptoms or question then please call Alison on 01932 582 949 to book you free Oral Health Screening all through October and November 2012.

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