Dental Practice offers mouth cancer screenings

The team at Loy Dental Care, based in Cookstown, are rallying to the call of the Mouth Cancer Action Month to help check for signs of a disease that without early detection could claim 30,000 lives over the next decade.

Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November and is an annual campaign organised by the British Dental Health Foundation sponsored and supported by Denplan to help raise awareness of the signs and those most at risk.

“Over half the population received a dental check-up in the last two years and dental teams are in the ideal position to share information about the risks and signs of mouth cancer with their patients,” said Paul Warwick, principal dentist at the practice. “With this in mind, we are welcoming both existing patients and new patients of Loy Dental Care to come into the practice for mouth cancer screenings throughout November.”

“The check-up will involve a *soft tissue check as well as discussing any concerns the patient may have such as mouth ulcers that haven’t healed within three weeks, red or white patches or other unusual lumps or swellings in their mouth,” explained associate dentist Stephen McKinstry, who recently joined the team.

“It is estimated that 6,000 people alone this year will be diagnosed with mouth cancer and diagnosing the symptoms early could extend the lives of 5,400 of them,” said Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation.

To book your mouth cancer screening this November at Loy Dental Care, call the team on 028 8676 6072.