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Unsure what the signs of oral cancer are? An introductory guide from our dentist at Byfleet Dental

Nobody wants to ever consider that they or someone they love may develop cancer.

With oral cancer on the rise in the UK and around the world, it is important to be aware of what oral cancer is, what its symptoms are and of course, what the treatment options are too.

While most people assume that lumps and bumps in the mouth automatically point to cancer (they don’t by the way!) there are other symptoms to keep an eye out for too.

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, our dentist in West Byfleet is committed to keeping all of our patients happy and healthy. As part of our biannual check-up, we conduct oral cancer assessments, to ensure that any suspicious lumps, bumps or ulcers are explored and that if there is a risk of cancer, it is detected and treated early.

So, what are some of the signs of oral cancer according to our dentist in West Byfleet?

Mouth ulcers and sores

Most people will get mouth sores or ulcers, especially during times of stress or illness.

If you have recurring sores or ulcers which are larger than a 5 pence piece, you need to see our team urgently. If you have sores or ulcers that bleed without pressure being applied to them, this is another sign that you may have cancer and you need to see our dentist in West Byfleet.

Pain when swallowing

Known as dysphagia, if you are having issues swallowing your food, or it hurts to do so, you need to see our team.

Issues surrounding dysphasia and cancer are due to the growth of a tumour in the throat or oesophagus and as this can create issues with breathing, it requires urgent medical attention and assessment.

Lumps in the mouth

Any lumps or bumps in the mouth should be looked at by our team.

If you have recurring lumps in the same area of the mouth, or you have a lump that is gradually growing, this needs to be explored by our team immediately.

While lumps and bumps don’t always point to cancer, it is wise to have such an eventuality ruled out if a lump appears.

Weight loss

Why do people lose weight when suffering from cancer? Because when fighting cancer, the body produces cytokines, a type of immune cell, which causes muscle wastage, weight loss and a decrease in appetite.

It is a red flag when you have unintentional weight loss, and if you pair that with the other symptoms in this list, you need to see our team for an oral cancer assessment.

Loose teeth

Yes, as odd as it may seem, oral cancer can cause your teeth to come loose.

Or, should you have had an extraction, it can create issues with healing around the socket and extraction site.

If you have no signs of gum disease (swollen gums, redness, soreness or bleeding when brushing), but you have a loose tooth or teeth, come and see our team for an oral cancer assessment.