Oral Cancer Screening
All of our dentists, dental therapists and hygienists in our Edinburgh and Perth clinics are trained to provide an Oral cancer screening.
If the signs are discovered early, survival rates for oral cancer (also known as mouth cancer) are far higher than if the disease is detected at a later stage.
That’s why we at Cherrybank offer oral cancer screening in every health review, without fail.
What is oral cancer screening, and what does it involve?
We carry out oral cancer screenings to check for signs and symptoms of the disease at the earliest possible stage. This involves examining your whole mouth, including under your tongue.
During your examination, we’ll examine the following:
- Inside of the mouth – we’ll ask you to remove any dentures before checking the inside of your lips, cheeks and the sides of your tongue and throat for growths, ulcers and white or red patches
- Head and face – we will examine your face and lips for any moles, pigmentation, skin blemishes or swelling
- Neck – during this part of the examination we will check for enlargement of lymph nodes or any abnormal lumps and bumps
We also have a VELscope machine, which uses a fluorescent light to check for abnormalities deeper down in the tissue structure that can’t be seen during routine visual examinations. Any issues we do find will be captured as an image and monitored, or sent to an oral surgeon for further assessment.
This gold standard oral cancer screening is offered annually.
What causes mouth cancer?
There are many established risk factors for mouth cancer. The most common include:
- Consuming tobacco – this includes chewing tobacco as well as smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes
- High alcohol consumption – around 70% of people diagnosed with mouth cancer drink heavily on a regular basis
- Age – two-thirds of people diagnosed with mouth cancer are over the age of 55
You are also more likely to be at risk of mouth cancer if you have a history of oral cavity cancer or another forms of aerodigestive tract cancer.
Other possible risk factors include:
- Dietary deficiencies, particularly of vitamins A, C and E, as well as trace elements such as zinc and selenium
- Viral infections such as certain types of HPV (human papilloma virus) and candida infection
- Excessive exposure to radiation
- Immune suppression or immune deficiency disease
- Genetic predisposition
- Air pollution or environmental exposure to the burning of fossil fuels
- Chronic sepsis in the mouth
Book a consultation
If you’re worried about mouth cancer or are experiencing any concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Cherrybank Dental Spa in Edinburgh or Perth today
Last updated July 20th, 2018