Mouth Cancer Screening

When you come to Cwmbran Dental Care for your routine check-ups, we carry out a mouth cancer check

We closely examine the soft tissues inside your mouth and tongue with the help of a small mirror and a bright light, along with finger palpation. We also inspect your face and neck and feel underneath your jaw for any lumps or bumps. Remember, our dental team can see parts of your mouth that you cannot see easily yourself.

If you have noticed the appearance of any new lump or swelling appear, white or red patches, persistent hoarseness of your voice or had a mouth ulcer that has not healed after 3 weeks, then it is important you give us a call so we can see you urgently. Remember signs of mouth cancer are often not painful. There is probably nothing seriously wrong, but an early diagnosis could save your life so get in touch if you have any concerns on 01633 877618.

What happens next?

If we see anything unusual and concerning, we send a fast-track referral to a hospital consultant, after telling you of our findings and obtaining your permission. They will usually carry out a biopsy under local anaesthesia and make you aware of the results within 3 weeks.

What can cause mouth cancer?

Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the most common forms of tobacco usage, however the chewing of tobacco, betel nut, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous. Alcohol consumption also increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if you smoke and drink the risk is even greater.

Exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer, something that is becoming more common due to global warming.

In young people, a recent link has been identified between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and mouth cancer. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer, so can be spread to the mouth through oral sex.

What can you do to reduce risk?

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