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London SE1 dentist can recognise oral cancer symptoms.

01 / 09 / 2012

As with any cancer, oral cancer is a life threatening condition which needs to detected and treated as soon as it appears. Although everyone is at risk of oral cancer, it is especially of concern for smokers and users of chewing tobacco, 75% of UK cases being due to tobacco in some form. Alcohol also increases the chances of developing oral cancer and can lead to many other issues relating to your oral and bodily health. The rise in rates of the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV) have been linked with increased rates of oral cancer in the last decade. It is important to be aware of all these factors.

The sign of oral cancer is often mistaken for a mouth ulcer that does not heal. If you are unsure about any symptoms your London SE1 dentist will be able to do a full check up and inspect any suspicious areas of the mouth. Oral cancer does not directly affect teeth but all the soft tissue in your mouth (gums, tongue, lining) are all vulnerable to oral cancer. Using a small mirror, your dentist is able to inspect every part of your mouth that would normally not be possible to view. If they find anything that needs further inspection they are able to refer you to a cancer specialist who will be able to run further tests.

If your dentist is able to spot the beginnings of oral cancer at an early stage, modern therapies are now very effective at treating it. Do not delay if you have any concerns, visit your dentist for an inspection. The best method is of course prevention. Not smoking, moderating your drinking and wearing protection during sexual activity (including oral sex) will all help to greatly decrease carcinogenic influences.

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