Posted by Joanne Mellor
Patients have been reminded of the importance of heading to the dentist on a regular basis, as the healthcare professionals will be able to spot the early signs of mouth cancer.
Dr Lara Bennett, science communication manager at the Association for International Cancer Research, explained that in the vast majority of cases, oral cancer is linked to smoking, although there are some other known links.
“Dentists play an important role in detecting oral cancer early on as they can spot the signs of mouth cancer, as can the patients themselves,” she said, adding one of the signs to keep an eye out for is mouth ulcers that do not heal, with 80 per cent of oral cancer patients having this symptom.
It was also noted by Dr Bennett that red or white patches in the mouth that do not heal could be another sign of mouth cancer.
This comes shortly after it was revealed by new figures from Cancer Research UK that the number of oral cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK is above 6,000 for the first time.