Oral cancer is sometimes difficult to self-diagnose, so routine dental examinations are recommended.
WHEN PERFORMING AN ORAL CANCER SELF-EXAMINATION, LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING:
white patches of the oral tissues — leukoplakia
red patches — erythroplakia
red and white patches — erythroleukoplakia
a sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
an abnormal lump or thickening of the tissues of the mouth
chronic sore throat or hoarseness
difficulty in chewing or swallowing
a mass or lump in the neck
Keep in mind – The earlier the cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Early detection is KEY. The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high, not because it is hard to detect or diagnose, but because the cancer is often discovered late in its development.For more information on mouth cancer, dental examinations and general dentistry with Thorpe Lea Dental Staines, Egham, contact us on 01784 454 899.Thorpe Lea Dental is the leading choice for families and business people in Staines, Egham, Virginia Water, Sunbury, Middlesex and Surrey. We believe in affordable dentistry and we listen carefully to our patients’ wishes, working together to enhance their smiles and to keep their teeth strong and healthy for life.