November 14th, 2018
A new study has suggested that three-quarters of UK adults are unaware of the symptoms of mouth cancer, despite the fact that there has been a 135% increase in the number of cases in the last two decades.
Figures published by the Oral Health Foundation show that 75% of people do not know what the symptoms and warning signs of mouth cancer are, in spite of the fact that oral cancer kills more people in the UK than cervical and testicular cancer combined. Last year, more than 8,300 new cases were diagnosed. This represents a 135% increase since 1998. More than 80% of people surveyed were also unaware of the parts of the mouth that were affected by oral cancer.
The Oral Health Foundation has released new studies to coincide with the charity’s annual Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign. The foundation’s chief executive, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said that it is hugely important that people are aware of the symptoms so that they can seek advice as early as possible. Sadly, as awareness is so low, the majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when there’s a high risk that cancerous cells have already spread.
The campaign is hoping to make people more aware of mouth cancer and encourage them to look out for potential warning signs. The most common risk factors for mouth cancer include drinking and smoking, exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV) and a poor diet. Symptoms may include swelling and abnormal lumps, slow-healing mouth sores and ulcers, unexplained oral pain and bleeding, and red or white patches in the mouth.
As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, practices all over the country will be hosting free screening and encouraging patients who haven’t had a check-up in a while to get in touch.
November 30th, 2016
Figures released by Public Health Wales show that mouth cancer is becoming increasingly prevalent.
The latest statistics show an increase in the number of recorded cases; however, there has been an improvement in one-year survival rates. There has been little change in five-year survival figures.
The report also revealed that more cases are being diagnosed, but most are at an advanced stage, which explains why five-year survival rates have stalled. Like most forms of cancer, the later mouth cancer is diagnosed, the lower the chances of successful treatment.
Director of the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Dyfed Wyn Huws, describe the situation as “worrying”, especially as smoking rates are falling in Wales. Smoking is a major risk factor for mouth cancer, but obviously, there are other factors that people need to be wary of, such as alcohol consumption and exposure to HPV (human papilloma virus) infection.
Consultant in dental public health, Anup Karki, said that it was imperative to try and improve early diagnosis rates to boost survival statistics. Early diagnosis means early treatment, and this means doctors can hopefully target cancers before they spread.
Warning signs to look out for include swelling and abnormal lumps in the mouth or throat, red or white patches in the mouth, loose teeth without history of gum disease, and ulcers that take a long time (more than 2 weeks) to heal. If you notice any of these signs, see your GP or your dentist. It’s also essential to attend routine check-ups. Dentists are trained to spot the early signs of mouth cancer, and they perform routine checks every time you have an appointment.
November 10th, 2014
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and the biggest, most effective and important method for diagnosing cases of oral cancer in its early stages is dental check-ups. Regular check-ups enable us to keep on top of your oral hygiene, as well as giving us the chance to look out for abnormalities in the mouth and oral cancer signals. The earlier oral cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better the prognosis.
The causes of oral cancer
The main risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Excessive drinking of alcohol
- HPV (human papilloma virus) infection
- Poor diet
People that drink excessively and smoke are up to 30 times more expected to develop mouth cancer than non-smokers who only drink on occasion.
Most oral cancer cases are found in males over the age of 40. However, there has recently been a considerable increase in cases reported in younger people. This is believed to be because of exposure to HPV, as well as increased consumption of alcohol.
The importance of a regular check-up
When you visit us for a dental check-up, we will look out for signs of gum disease and tooth decay, such as swollen gums and cavities, but we will also be looking for the possible warning signs of oral cancer. The sooner these signs are noticed, the sooner they can be examined and diagnosed. Early treatment can increase the chance of survival but up to 90%, and can mean the distinction between life and death. The current survival rate of 5 years is comparatively low, and this is mainly because most cases are detected too late.
We encourage all our patients in London to visit us every 6-9 months, as well as looking out for impending signs of mouth cancer such as slow-healing ulcers, white or red patches in the throat and/or mouth, and any unusual swelling or lumps in the mouth.
September 10th, 2013
Things often go wrong in your mouth in the city of London; ulcers, sore throats, tooth decay, blah, blah etc, etc. Normally, you can get a quick fix in order to get over these problems; however, if they continually persist and keep annoying you over a course of weeks, it could indicate something more evil is at hand- oral cancer. If you are a little wild with your exuberances, your fags, drinking and your diet- this will attack your immune system and leave you vulnerable to the disease. If you ever feel that things are going wrong in your mouth, get yourself checked out as soon as you can because if you get in quick with this disease, the better your chances are of beating it: recovery rates are good. But it will be a monumental effort- you will have to get a really good support system in place after your treatment; not only from professionals, but family and friends too. You can get through this but it will be a hard battle to fight psychologically, so you will have to get the best people around you to give you comfort and support during your recovery.
February 21st, 2013
It is not just enough to be diagnosed with oral cancer, but it is the stigma that comes with the disease in London that is the most soul destroying, and it takes an awful lot of strength to rally yourself, and your friends, to fight it head on. It comes at you in three stages: the first stage is suffering from certain repetitive symptoms like sore throats, head jaw and ear aches, and constant ulcers, and after a series of tests, getting the news. The next stage is getting your head around it all and then having the treatment; this will be very draining so you will need to have a lot of support in place. The final stage is the recovery; you are going to have to get even more support now, but as well as this, you are going to have to change your lifestyle completely and try to banish all the things that you used to do and that have got you into this pickle in the first place. The good news is that statistics are showing quite impressive figures when it comes to recovering from oral cancer. You have to be strong, determined and brave, but you can do it if you have the fight.
December 18th, 2012
Life can be going along quite nicely inLondonand then you may start to find that you are suffering from a little discomfort in your mouth: maybe you have a repetitive ulcer or two, are suffering from a constant sore throat, maybe you have an aching jaw all the time and so on and so on. So you should go and get yourself checked out because these are just some of the symptoms that may indicate the onset of oral cancer (as with any problem, you should always get yourself seen to). You will have a serious of tests first to see if the disease is there. If the news comes back that you have, it will hit you like a bomb, but it is how you face up to what is ahead of you that can be the difference of coming through it or not. You need to curtail such things as smoking, drinking and improve your diet- the things that may have led you to this crossroads in your life. Prepare by getting a support system of friends and family on board and have professional care ready for when the treatment is finished. The treatment can be quite heavy; it may take the form of chemo, radio or physical surgery but either way, it will leave you shattered afterwards, which is where the support comes in. afterwards, you are going to have to throw away everything you did before and carve out a new regime in order you give yourself the biggest chance of coming through it and ensuring that the problem doesn’t come back. The light amongst the darkness of all this is that the statistical recovery rates from the disease is soaring.
May 21st, 2012
There is never any easy way to prepare yourself for the fight against oral cancer, but you shouldn’t just lie down either.This disease is on the increase in London- is it down to lifestyle, stress of the city, poor diet, nasty habits….we don’t quite know, but if you have got a problem, you know that you pretty well have to change a lot of things you were doing before.
From diagnosis until treatment, you should ready yourself and have things in place- a pre and post operation support team, friends and family, everything you can in order to give yourself the best opportunity to recover.
If you have been wise, you would have noticed something going wrong in your mouth early on- sore throats, repetitive ulcers and sores- something out of the ordinary, which gives you pole position for the treatment to work- the early the diagnosis, the easier to treat.However, the treatment itself can be very harrowing itself and you need to be ready for some nasty periods after the operation- this also depends on the type of treatment you had, radio or chemotherapy, or actual physical surgery.
This is where the support come in and you should lean heavily on it if you need it. Of course, by this time you should be well on the way to recovery and have a new regime set up for your life ahead so that the illness doesn’t re-offend. Remember, as well as the disease being on the increase, so are the recovery rates.
January 25th, 2012
Spotting Oral Cancer in Central London
Oral cancer, for all the efforts in finding a solution to it, still haunts a lot of people today in central London and it shows no sign of letting up, in fact the numbers of people being diagnosed are on the rise. A lot of this has been linked with the stress that the city places on people, their diet, poor oral hygiene and bad lifestyle choices- such as smoking and excessive drinking. Still this is a matter of conjecture as some people live the same lifestyle with no problems at all, but there are some obvious ways of spotting the signs of it and caught quickly, it can be treated quickly and so the better the chances of recovering from it, and the biggest plus here is that statistics indicate a greater amount of people are beating the disease. The tell-tale signs are usually recurring problems such as sore throats, lesions, ulcers, poor swallowing and earaches, amongst others. A quick session at the dentists or doctors will reveal any problems and then you will be treated accordingly, depending on how advanced it has become. Once the problem has been rectified, the battle goes on to make sure it doesn’t return and this means changing the way you do everything to give yourself a fighting chance.
August 27th, 2008
London dental patients have been seen by the local London dentistry for problems dealing with ulcers or more commonly, canker sores. These ulcers are simply open sores in the mouth and can be caused by a variety of reasons. They appear as a white sore in the mouth. You can not pass an ulcer on to someone else as they are not contagious.
Causes of mouth ulcers include injuries sustained by bighting the cheek of tongue, an allergic reaction to something, an immune system response to some outside agent to include chemicals, large amounts of stress, a B12, iron, or folic acid deficiency in the diet, using mouthwash or toothpaste with SLS in it, viral infections related to herpes simplex or the foot and mouth disease, Han, problems with the intestines, and cancer of the mouth.
The lining of the mouth is opened due to one of the problems listed above and bacteria gets inside. The toxins from the bacteria are released and the cells around the ulcer are killed. This is the reason some ulcers get larger and hurt much more. If you find you have an ulcer, you need to see your doctor, if it does not go away within a week or two or if it starts hurting more. Ulcers that do not go away within a month could be mouth cancer in rare instances.
Simple mouth ulcers can be treated with a warm salt water gargle, using a teething gel for the pain, carmellose gelatin paste over the ulcer as a protective covering, and Paracetamol. Treatment should need no more than a week to heal the ulcer. If it does not, a trip to the dentist is necessary.
April 27th, 2008
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, there are around 4,750 new cases of mouth cancer being diagnosed every year in the UK. The incidence of this disease has been observed to increase by at least 30 percent in the last decade. It is further estimated to cause an annual mortality of about 1600 people.That is quite alarming as you can see. Tobacco users and alcohol drinkers are more at risk of developing mouth cancer. And for those who smoke and drink at the same time, the risk is even heightened up to thirty times more.
A few months ago, the foundation launched its Mouth Cancer Awareness Week campaign at the House of Commons in London. The foundation was very enthusiastic about the results of a study which was published on the international scientific journal Cancer Research in September, 2007.
The study which was conducted at the University of Hong Kong found that lupeol, a compound found in fruits such as blueberries, papaya, blackberries, grapes, mangoes, and strawberries, seems to be very effective in preventing the growth of mouth cancer cells.
Anthony Yuen, a professor at the University of Hong Kong’s surgery department said of the lupeol compound, “It can suppress the movement of cancer cells and suppress their growth and it is found to be even more effective than conventional drugs (eg. cisplatin).” He further said that lupeol is even more effective if combined with chemotherapy drugs and has but a few side effects.
Lupeol acts to inhibit the NFkB, a natural protein that promotes cell growth and repair. As this protein is found to be activated in many cancers, Yuen hopes that lupeol may find its use in these other NFkB-dependent cancers as well.