November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. Dr Ciro Gilvetti, Oral Surgeon, is passionate about raising awareness of the dangers and early symptoms of the disease.
Many people do not know that cancer can arise from the mouth. Oral cancer is among the 10 most common cancers worldwide and its incidence is on the rise. The number of cases reported in the last 10 years has increased by 32%. Last year, over 8,000 new cases of oral cancer were newly diagnosed in the UK.
This type of cancer still has high mortality and high morbidity. Generally speaking, the earlier the cancer is diagnosed the better the prognosis. Sadly, many people often delay seeking professional advice because they are not sure of the symptoms. It is vital that everyone knows what to look for.
EARLY SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER
If you notice any of the above, please
do not hesitate to seek professional help. Contact your dental practice or a general medical
practitioner as a good starting point.
Oral health care professionals including
dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists are trained to recognised suspicious
lesions or signs and act accordingly. They can either put your mind at ease or refer to you the appropriate specialist for further assessment.
Reducing risk factors
The most important things you can do to minimise your risk of mouth cancer are:
Quit smoking/any form of tobacco
Stay within recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption
Dental practices provide a great opportunity to
begin discussions and seek advice about smoking cessation, reduced alcohol
consumption and the benefits of good nutrition. During your routine oral
examination, your mouth will be thoroughly assessed and you will receive a cancer screening. That's just one of the reasons why it's so important to attend your regular dental check-ups!
Dr Ciro Gilvetti
Dr Gilvetti is a specialist Oral Surgeon with a special interest in oral medicine, including the diagnosis and management of infective, premalignant and immunological oral diseases. He works in hospitals and private practices and he is actively involved in teaching. With over 20 years of experience in the field he is committed to providing high-quality, pain-free treatments to a diverse patient base.