What’s that in your mouth?

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Oral Cancer is one of the least understood conditions amongst the general public and yet, each day at least three Australians are being diagnosed with it.


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Don’t assume that this could not happen to you … it is not something which only happens if you have smoked; it is not something which comes only with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Simple checks and early detection could help to save your life – catching it in its early stages can increase your chance of survival to 90% or more.

A thorough examination of your mouth and lips for signs of oral cancer and other abnormalities is an important part of your dentist’s check-up procedure.  Another good reason to visit your dentist regularly?

We also recommend that you keep an eye open and have a good look around your mouth for anything unusual such as sores, lesions, blisters, tender patches or pain anywhere in your mouth, throat or face.

Take a moment to visit the Australian Dental Association website on oral cancer at the link below:

http://www.oralcancerfacts.com.au/index.htm

At this site you will find much more detail concerning symptoms and other abnormalities which may be confused with oral cancer.

Most importantly, do not delay seeking immediate advice from a dentist or medical professional if you notice any unusual symptoms or sores on your lips or in your mouth, especially if they haven’t healed within a week.