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Preventative Treatments

Oral Cancer Screening

There are approximately 400 new cases of head and neck cancer diagnosed each year in Ireland and the incidence is rising. 3 Irish people die in Ireland from these cancers each week –in fact more people die from these cancers than from cervical cancer, malignant melanomas and Hodgkin’s disease. It is thought that the incidence has increased so significantly due to two main risk factors, namely smoking and alcohol consumption. These cancers are very treatable if caught early and hence the obvious benefit of screening.

What signs and symptoms should you be concerned about?

  • Mouth ulcers that don’t heal in 3 weeks
  • White or red patches
  • Persistent neck lump
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Tobacco and alcohol use increase risk

Screening is painless and takes approximately 5 minutes.

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