Mouth Cancer Screening

Mouth Cancer Screening in Burnley

Briercliffe Road Dental Practice offer free Mouth Cancer Screening
Are you a nervous patient?

Free Mouth Cancer Screening

Everyone having a dental examination, whether NHS or Private should be having a mouth cancer check at least annually even if they don't smoke or drink.

If you are not sure whether your dentist does this, we can offer a free mouth cancer check for you to put your mind at rest, give Julie a call now on 01282 415104

Spotting the disease early on increases the risk of survival to more than 90%

So What Are The Causes?

Smoking

Around a fifth of the UK population smoke and the habit is still thought to be the leading cause of mouth cancer.

Chewing or Smokeless tobacco

Although some people believe that chewing or smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it is much more dangerous.

Alcohol

Drinking to excess can increase mouth cancer by up to 4 times. As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mucous membranes, those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease.

Poor Diet

Around a third of cases are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet, make sure you get your 5 a day! Increasing evidence suggests that Omega 3, found in fish and eggs can help lower the risks, as can foods high in fibre such as nuts, seeds, wholewheat pasta and rice.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

The Human Papilloma Virus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer. Younger people are particularly at risk. A recent US study suggest that within 10 years HPV will rival tobacco and alcohol as a key risk factor, although some research suggests that people with mouth cancer caused by HPV have a greater chance of survival. People with multiple partners are more at risk.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms of oral cancer include:
  • Red, or red and white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue
  • One or more mouth ulcers that do not heal after three weeks
  • A swelling in your mouth that lasts for more than three weeks
  • Pain when swallowing (dysphagia)
  • A tooth, or teeth, that become loose for no obvious reason
  • A persistent pain in your neck
  • A hoarse voice
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusual changes in your sense of taste
  • Earache
  • The lymph nodes (glands) in your neck become swollen

How can we help?

This year alone more than 6000 cases of Mouth Cancer will be diagnosed, around half of those people will die. Here at Briercliffe Road Dental Practice, Mike carries out a Mouth Cancer screening at every single dental examination. If you don't have a dentist at the moment, or if you have had a dental check up recently but don't think you had an oral cancer check we would still like to help give you peace of mind.

Call Julie now on 01282 415104 and ask for your FREE Mouth Cancer Screening, don't wait, pick up the phone and call NOW! Even if we are closed, you can leave your number and we will call you at the earliest opportunity.

For mouth cancer screening in Burnley, get in touch with 
Briercliffe Road Dental Practice on
01282 415 104
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