Know the signs of oral cancer – ask a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist

We all know the statistic that one in three of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. While this maybe true, it is also true that modern medicine is becoming more effective at treating, fighting and beating many forms of cancer. One of the most crucial factors when treating cancer is early intervention. Catching the disease as early as possible gives you the best chance of surviving. When it comes to cancer it really is a matter of life and death.

One of the most virulent forms of cancer is oral cancer. This affects cells located in the soft tissue of the oral cavity, including the cheek lining, tongue, gums and throat. It usually manifests itself as small red, white or blotchy sore patches that do not clear up naturally in a week or so. There are many other telltale signs of oral cancer including unexplained bleeding in the mouth, extreme and sudden weight loss and pains in the neck and head. Kingston-upon-Thames dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer during regular check ups, just another reason why seeing your dentist every six months is very important.

By catching the disease early, you stand a greater than 80 per cent chance of survival, so that alone should be an incentive to be vigilant. There are certain groups who are more at risk from oral cancer. Smokers are up to six times more likely to develop cancer than non-smokers, and drinking alcohol to excess may also have a large impact. Men, especially those over the age of fifty, are also at a higher risk, although you should always bear in mind that anyone can be struck down with oral cancer at any time. The best you can do is to try and live as healthily as possible and make regular appointments to see your dentist.