Oral cancer

Top tips on dealing with oral cancer from a DCT

So, this my third blog for the BDA, and I hate to bring things down, but…oral cancer: it can be a real problem for both patients, and their dentists. Working as a maxillofacial dental core trainee (DCT), I’ve seen a few cases, so I hope you might find useful some of my top tips on detecting and referring oral cancer cases appropriately. Oral cancer tends to get quite a bit of press, it’s a popular... »

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... »

Oral cancer rates in Scotland are rising: what can dentists do?

New stats from Cancer Research UK are highlighting the fact that oral cancer rates across the UK are soaring and we know that Scotland has a shocking problem when it comes to cancer mortality rates: Scotland has the highest compared to the rest of the UK. The European age-standardised oral cancer incidence rates for both men and women are significantly higher in Scotland, 16.8 per 100,000 compared... »

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... »

One glass of wine a day is good for you, or is it?

No surprise that the Government’s ‘slashing’ alcohol intake for men to six glasses of wine a week (and ‘fears’ that the amount is still unsafe for women) – i.e. the safe alcohol limit for men has been cut from 21 to 14 units a week, made big headlines last week, especially in the tabloids. Even less surprisingly, no mention in any of the media coverage was made of the impact of alcohol on oral hea... »

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 Scotland: addressing the NHS dentistry funding shortfall

Scotland is an oral health innovator. The Childsmile programme has been a great success, lowering treatment costs and delivering enormous improvements in the oral health for children under the age of five. Once you look past that age group, you see 36% of children living in areas of higher economic and social deprivation have obvious tooth decay compared to 15% in more affluent areas. 7,025 childr... »

Dentists: stand up to oral cancer

The BDA supports a range of initiatives that help prevent oral cancers, including World Cancer Day, which takes place this Wednesday (4 February). We encourage dentists to take part, there’s a range of fact sheets and resources on their website, as well as information on how to get engaged via social media channels, to help raise awareness amongst your colleagues and your patients. The message is ... »