HOW CAN IT BE DETECTED?
Your dentist at Highworth Dental Care in North Swindon is trained and in the best position to examine for early signs of this disease.
He ensures that all patients have an oral exam during their routine dental visit to screen for mouth cancer. This includes a thorough head and neck examination, where he will feel the tissues in the mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities and examine the tissues to check for red or white patches or mouth ulcers.
Your dentist at Highworth Dental Care in Swindon will also use the Panadent Microlux Oral Cancer Screening tool to assist in their check for mouth cancer, and are going through the accreditation scheme by the mouth cancer foundation http://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org
If we notice anything unusual, we then refer our patients to a specialist doctor for further tests and to confirm a diagnosis.
As with many cancers, the earlier mouth cancer is identified, the better your chances of a full recovery. If the symptoms persist for more than 2-3 weeks, you should make an urgent appointment to see us.