mydentist urges NHS patients to register for treatment ahead of World Cancer Day
At mydentist, we’re urging people to register for NHS dental treatment ahead of World Cancer Day, which aims to unite the globe in the fight against the disease.
Nyree Whitley, mydentist clinical director said: “It’s not all bad news, by making sure patients have regular check-ups we can diagnose more mouth cancers at an early stage. Early treatment drastically increases the chances of beating the disease, as this prevents the cancer from developing.”
mydentist has over 650 practices across the UK that offer the full range of NHS and private treatments.
For more information or to book an appointment with your nearest mydentist visit www.mydentist.co.uk.
About oral cancer:
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, is where a tumour develops on the tongue, floor of the mouth, lips or gums.
Tumours can also occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and the pharynx (the part of the throat from your mouth to your windpipe) but these are less common.
Symptoms can include:
- red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue
- a lump
Risk factors for developing mouth cancer include:
- smoking or using products that contain tobacco
- drinking alcohol – smokers who are also heavy drinkers have a much higher risk compared to the population at large
- infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts