Mouth cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, head and neck. There are more than 7,500 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year and it is more common in those over 40, particularly men. It’s now affecting more younger people and women than ever before and the number of cases is on the increase.
What causes Mouth cancer?
Smoking – tobacco in cigarettes / pipes and smokeless tobacco.
Drinking alcohol to excess – increases risks by four times.
Human Papillomavirus – transmitted via oral sex.
Unhealthy diet – not eating enough fruit, vegetables and fish.
Sunlight – over-exposure can lead to cancer in the lips.
Stay healthy by being mouth aware!
Be Mouth aware by being alert to unusual changes in your mouth.
Report any red or white patches, unusual lumps and swellings, or mouth ulcers that have not cleared up within three weeks.
When exposed to the sun, be sure to use protective sun cream.
A good diet, rich in Vitamins A, C and E.
Cut down on your smoking and drinking.
If you are concerned call us today on 01452 727667. St.James Dental screen all patients in every examination and offer free screening appointments to registered or unregistered patients all year round.