Mouth (oral) cancer rates have risen by a third in the past ten years. In 2011, over 6700 new cases of mouth cancer were registered in the UK. The known risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol. It can spread to the lymph glands in the neck.
When caught early, it has good chance of cure. Therefore, it is important to have a regular screen at your dentist and if there are any concerns, should be referred onto a specialist for a second opinion on an urgent basis. All practitioners also have access to an 'urgent 2 week referral form' to the local NHS hospital for such cases.
Mr Aakshay Gulati has a specialist interest in treating head and neck cancer and microvsascular facial reconstruction. He performs this type of complex surgery mainly at the renowned Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead and is a core member of the West Kent head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team.
Mouth cancer screening helps to identify signs of cancer or any precancerous conditions in your mouth.
Looking for signs of cancerous or precancerous conditions early can help prevent it from progressing and creating a greater chance for cure. These lesions can often appear in the mouth as a red or white patch or non-healing ulcers. Detecting them at an earlier stage imakes the cancer or lesions easier to treat with better chance of cure.
Certain factors associated to increase the risk of oral cancer may include:
Mr Aakshay Gulati will examine the inside of your mouth and look out for any red or white patches or mouth sores. Mr Aakshay Gulati will also examine the tissue inside your mouth to check for any abnormalities or lumps. The neck will also be examined to assess for any lumps and regional lymph glands.
No preparation is required prior to the procedure.
A biopsy may be required to sample/ remove small part of the lesion and sent to a laboratory to be examined and a follow-up visit will be required to discuss the results.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Mr Aakshay Gulati for mouth cancer screening then contact us to book in to discuss this further.
To find out more please visit http://www.mouthcancer.org/