The Scots have a terrible reputation for being unhealthy, and while this is not as true as it used to be, we do love a wee dram (or several), and we are not as fond of fruit and veg as we used to be. Fewer of us smoke than in the past, but there are still enough of us at it, and most of us could do with losing a bit of weight. It’s just life in Glasgow in the 21st Century right? Well, yes, but it’s not having a good effect on our mouths.
You may be more worried about lung cancer or bowel cancer, but if you are over 35, you should be getting a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow once every 12 months. Sounds a bit dramatic? Well, the statistics are dramatic. Mouth cancer is the 6th most common kind of cancer worldwide. Around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, which is about 2% of all cancers diagnosed.
There are direct links between mouth and throat cancers and lifestyle. If you are a smoker, if you drink alcohol regularly, if you don’t eat much fresh fruit and veg, if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop mouth cancers.
At Dental FX, we can carry out a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow along with one of your bi-yearly check-ups. It won’t take long. All we do is have a good look round inside your mouth, using a mirror to check your tongue and underneath it, at the back of your throat, around your gums and palate and inside your cheeks. Once we’ve done that we will also use our hands to feel into your neck and throat to check for any lumps there.
Mouth cancer usually shows up as lumps and bumps that won’t heal, but it could also be what’s behind a suddenly hoarse voice or a tingly lip. We will ask you if you have notice anything unusual recently.
If we do find something, don’t panic. In its early stages, mouth cancer is pretty easy to treat. Any lumps can be cut out and analysed.