Can Mouth Cancer Kill?
Yes. If it is not caught earlier enough, mouth cancer causes literally thousands of deaths each year. What’s more, the number of people who get cancer in the mouth is increasing.
The mouth is simple to check so it is easy to find cancer early and have it treated and cured. The main problem is that people don’t visit their dentist for a regular check-up.
It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Late detection of mouth cancers has resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer, or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK.
Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking.
Can Mouth Cancer be Cured?
If mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are very good. The smaller the ulcer, the better the chances of a cure. Unfortunately, too many people come forward too late.
If you see a white or red patch or have a painless ulcer in your mouth, see your dentist right away.
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