Mouth Cancer Awareness Day takes place Wednesday 21st September- and like every year Portobello Dental are delighted to offer our services and expertise in the area. We are offering free oral cancer screening to anyone who is worried about having suspected oral cancer.
According to the National Cancer Registry in Ireland, roughly half of all mouth cancers and even fewer cancers of the pharynx are diagnosed at an early stage. This can result in more complex treatment with greater impact on quality of life and overall survival. Whilst it depends on the cancer site, we know that more than half of those treated will have good survival outcomes and these continue to improve each year.
Early detection of mouth cancer greatly improves the chances of survival.
To find out more about mouth cancer, the signs and symptoms, the risk factors or other information about cancer please follow the link www.cancer.ie.
Dentists have a key role to play in the early detection of mouth cancer and in the prevention of the disease by identifying those patients who are exposed to risk factors.
What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?
The most significant sign to look for is an ulcer or sore in the mouth that is not healing
Oral Cancer of the lip
Oral cancer of the tongue
Also look out for;
- The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
- Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks
- A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
- Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or changes in the voice
- Ear pain
- A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together – a change in your “bite”
- Dramatic weight loss
There is absolutely no need to be nervous of the oral cancer exam; see below for an outline of what the dentist will do on the day.
— A mouth cancer exam is painless and quick — it takes only a few minutes —
Here’s what to expect:
You may be referred for further tests but there’s no need to be alarmed – there are many possible explanations for a variety of symptoms.
To book a FREE Oral Cancer Screening Exam please contact; 01 – 4542022