Mouth cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer and can affect anyone, whether or not they have their own teeth. Mouth cancers is particularly prevalent in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol intake and if tobacco and alcohol are consumed together the risk is even greater. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips. Recent reports have also linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV) spread through oral sex.
Mouth cancer usually appears as a mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer.
Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages and as part of every routine examination, our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth and your tongue. If mouth cancer is detected early, then the chances of a cure are good.
When brushing your teeth, you should always look out for any changes in your mouth, and report any red or white patches, or ulcers, that have not cleared up within three weeks.
Mouth cancer usually appears as a mouth ulcer which doesn’t heal within three weeks. Red or white patches inside the mouth can also be an indication.
Dr Alshafi carries out a mouth cancer screening process at every check up appointment. This examination is completely non invasive and takes just a few minutes. This type of regular assessment is the best way of ensuring that mouth cancer is detected early.