Signs and Symptoms

1. A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks

2. A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth

3. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth

4. Difficulty in swallowing

5. Difficulty in chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

6. Numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth

7. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

8. A chronic sore throat or voice change (hoarseness) that persist for more than six weeks, particularly smokers over 50 years old and heavy drinkers

9. Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable

10. Neck swelling present for more than three weeks

11. Unexplained tooth mobility persisting for more than three weeks

12. Unexplained persistent earache

Please do not hesitate to call us if you wish to book for a mouth cancer screening.

Mouth Cancer Screening

Oral and throat cancer is the sixth most common cancer reported worldwide and one with the highest mortality ratios among all cancers. In the last decade the number of cases of oral cancer across the UK has increased by 40%. Nearly 5,000 people are diagnosed with mouth (oral) cancer every year in the UK.

Cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, throat, salivary glands and other sites located in the head and neck area. Mouth Cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma.

Dr Simon Lam, the principal dentist of the Facial & Dental Aesthetic Studio said, “At the practice, our patients are given a thorough free mouth cancer screening examination once a year during their check-up appointment. Early detection can improve a patient’s chances of survival from 50% to 80%. Any potential problems or suspicious cases are referred to oral surgery consultants in local hospitals immediately.”

Case Studies

One of Dr Lam’s patients from Hertford, said:

“A few months ago I attended a routine dental check-up at the Facial & Dental Aesthetic Studio, during which Dr Lam performed a free cancer screening of my mouth and neck – a service that is offered to all patients. He identified an area of concern and referred me to a specialist. I was seen within a very short space of time and, thankfully, my condition was not serious. The specialist emphasised the benefits of early diagnosis and therefore I am extremely grateful to Dr Lam and his excellent staff for their diligence and care. Although optional, I would strongly urge all patients to have the examination.”

 

Another patient of Dr Lam’s from Braughing, is recovering from two operations totalling 18 hours, said:

“I was diagnosed with oral cancer in the floor of my mouth. Early detection and treatment is vital. In my case, the consultant said it would have been be too late if the cancer had not been picked up for another three weeks. I urge everyone to have an oral cancer screening with their dentists regularly.”

 

Raising Awareness and Regular Screening can save lives.