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;

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  •  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:

1 – Preparing for the exam: If you have dentures (plates), you will be asked to remove them.
2 – Your health care provider will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
3 – With both hands, he or she will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck, checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
4 – Next, your provider will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal colour or texture.
5 – In addition, he or she will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
6 – He or she will then look at and feel the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red and/or white patches.
7 – Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
8 – Finally, your provider will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.

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

 

 

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Wednesday 16th September is Mouth Cancer Awareness day, and as part of our commitment to promoting dental health in Ireland, we are offering FREE oral cancer checks on the day to anybody who would like a professional screening. You do not have to be a patient at Portobello Dental Clinic to attend, and the screening process only takes 10 minutes of your time. If you would like to attend, please call us on 01 4542022 to schedule your appointment.
For more information on mouth cancer please read our previous blog post, Oral (Mouth) Cancer – Incidence, Diagnosis and Treatment.