Oral cancer is any cancerous growth in the oral cavity (mouth). In Ireland there are 300 cases of oral cancer annually. Globally 124,000 people died of oral cancer in 2010 and this figure has increased from 82,000 in 1990. The death rate from oral cancer is higher than that for cervical cancer and skin cancer.
A significant factor in the high mortality rate (50% survival at 5 years) for oral cancer is the late stage at which it is often found. Two thirds of the new cases will be diagnosed at late stage III and stage IV disease. Early stages of the disease are highly treatable and survivable. This is why people should avail of an easy, non-invasive 5 minute examination to ensure any suspicious lesions are detected early.
We here at Burlington Dental Clinic will be offering this free of charge oral cancer examination in support of Mouth Cancer Awareness Day on Wednesday, 18th of September from 5pm to 6pm. Feel free to pop in after 5pm – no appointment is needed. Anyone looking for more information please contact us on:
For our current patients, an oral cancer screening examination is carried out when you visit one of our dentists or one of our dental hygienists. If you’re not sure, next time you’re here, feel free to ask us about this service.
Cancer Research UK has put together this very informative quick guide called ‘About Mouth and Oralphanryngeal cancer with easy to understand diagrams. This guide shows the areas in your mouth that we’ll be examining and also discusses risk factors like smoking and alcohol use, and symptoms.