It is an abnormal group of cells which develops in the mouth, including the lips, the surface of the tongue, the roof and the floor of your mouth.
It can also develop in the tonsils, salivary glands and the beginning of the throat.
This cancer is more common in men than women and more likely to occur in people aged over 40 years. Experts today, however, are concerned about rising numbers of this cancer in younger age groups.
In the UK, the numbers of new cases have risen by nearly 30 per cent over the last ten years. About 5,000 people get cancer of the mouth each year and the disease kills one person every five hours.
Treated in its early stages, mouth cancer is curable but if not detected early, it kills around one in two sufferers. A dentist is trained and in the best position to examine for early signs of this disease.
Bow Lane Dental ensures that all patients have an oral exam during their routine dental visit to screen for mouth cancer. This includes a thorough head and neck examination, where we feel the tissues in the mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities and examine the tissues to check for red or white patches or mouth ulcers. London dentists check for mouth cancer. All our dentists are accredited on the scheme by the mouth cancer foundation http://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.
If we notice anything unusual, we then refer our patients to a specialist doctor for further tests and to confirm a diagnosis.
As with many cancers, the earlier mouth cancer is identified, the better your chances of a full recovery.
If you are worried about anything in your mouth please call the Bow Lane Team on 020 7236 3600 to get it checked out.