mouth cancer

Mouth cancer rates in Wales are soaring: dentists can help

Public Health Wales has recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in Wales are continuing to rise sharply; and worryingly many are not being diagnosed until the later stages. We know that dentists can play a vital role in detection of oral cancers, and evidence tells us that survival rates can rise from 50% to 90% if the conditions are detected early. In Wales, 854 people were diagnosed in 2012... »

Tackling the rise in oral cancer, one consultation at a time

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. It’s a month of focus to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease among the public and importantly among health professionals to spot the disease and those most at risk. Dental professionals are uniquely placed to help tackle the current rise in oral cancer rates. A coordinated effort addressing prevention, public awareness and early recognition a... »

Interview: the fight against mouth cancer

In 2013, there were 7,591 new cases of mouth cancer. In 2014, 2,386 deaths were recorded due to the disease. However startling those figures may – or may not – be, what they don’t tell you is the 40% increase in a decade. Mouth cancer is one of the few variations of the disease on the rise, which makes our job ever-more important. Professor Mike Lewis and Dr Chet Trivedy answer questions about the... »

Our mission: A better future for adult oral health

So how can we improve dental care among adults? Here’s my starter for 10. First for the usual disclaimers. These are my thoughts and do not necessarily represent those of all the profession as it’s not my remit. That said without access to a service it is difficult to understand how the population’s oral health can improve. Recent figures show that almost 50% of dental practices are not currently ... »

Warts and all: why HPV vaccinations for boys can make a difference

Why should you care about whether boys in the UK, as well as girls, get vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)? The shocking fact that HPV infection is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer is one really good reason, although this warts and all disease is not one that tends to gain much media attention – perhaps it’s just not ‘’sexy” enough? We are giving our support during European... »

Better oral health for all – four nations’ dentistry

Dentistry in the UK has never been one size fits all. The contracts, public health priorities and funding constraints are very different for dentists operating out of Andover, Anglesey, Antrim or Auchtermuchty. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all go to the polls on 5 May. The winners will be setting national dental policy for the next five years, so it’s vital that the profession engages and ... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 4

Westcliff Dental Practice is located in Westcliff-on-Sea and serves the Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay and wider Essex area. The practice was rebranded in 2012 and has been helping both NHS and private patients with all their dental needs for over 50 years. The team consists of seven dental surgeons, four hygienists, 10 dental nurses and receptionists. The practice hav... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 3

St Andrews Dental Care is a fully private practice based in West Hull. The practice has a very small close knit friendly team that have been providing excellent, professional dental care to patients for over 30 years in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The team understands that dental care can sometimes be a concern for nervous patients so they try hard to be different and make sure that the... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 2

Hillbrook Dental Health Centre in Birmingham is a combined NHS and private dental practice offering a wide range of treatments. The practice is located in a multicultural community and treats patients from many different backgrounds. The team consists of five dentists, a foundation dentist, a hygienist, a nurse and three reception staff. The practice have been members of BDA Good Practice for eigh... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 1

The Briars Dental Centre is a private dental practice consisting of six partners and two associate dentists with a dedicated, experienced and stable support team of 18. It’s been established in the heart of Newbury in West Berkshire for over 100 years. All dental specialisms are covered from this one location. What have you done to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month? As a highly ethic... »

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