Are you mouth aware? Visit our Woking dentists to find out

In the UK, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers that are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.

Early diagnosis saves lives

The Woking dentists at Goldsworth Road Dental Centre offer mouth cancer examinations for patients all year round – so book your appointment now.

We screen our patients, who visit us from Surrey, Woking and Guildford at least annually because early diagnosis saves lives, improving survival chances from half of cases to more than 90%.

Take action

Remember to never ignore:

* Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
* Red and white patches in the mouth
* Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth
* And more – visit our dedicated page for the full list

If in doubt, pleased get checked out – call Goldsworth Road Dental Centre on 0844 576 9956 or 01483 495 303 to book.

Shocking statistics

Mouth cancer kills more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. Mouth cancer also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents in the UK. By knowing more about the risk factors, living healthier lifestyles and by learning what to look out for we can help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer affects.

Know the risk factors

• Smoking – One in five people in the UK smoke and the habit is still considered the leading cause of mouth cancer.

• Alcohol – Drinking to excess can increase mouth cancer risks by four times. As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth, those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease.

• HPV virus – The human papillomavirus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer. Younger people are particularly at risk as are those with multiple partners.

• Poor diet – Around half of cases are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet.

• Chewing or smokeless tobacco – Although some people believe this type of tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it is much more dangerous.

Three-quarters of cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol so it is important that smokers are encouraged to quit and alcohol is drunk in moderation. Prevention is key and lifestyle choices can help minimise risks.

If you smoke or drink regularly, pleasure make sure you visit us as often as your Woking dentist advises so that we can check your oral health.

For more information, please visit www.mouthcancer.org or www.mouthcancerfoundation.org