The Mouth Cancer Foundation recommends all dental practices carry out a thorough head and neck cancer screening on all practice patients at least once a year at routine appointments.  Early diagnosis is the key to ensuring patients have the best possible outcome.

A simple Mouth Cancer Screening Protocol has been developed by the Mouth Cancer Foundation to ensure that dentists have a screening tool that standardises the process and can be used with every patient over the age of 16.

This examination can be carried out in the dental chair using gloved hands, a mirror and good lighting. Before the examination, communicate to your patient what you are doing and looking for. The time after the examination is ideal for giving appropriate advice to those at risk.   It takes just two minutes to carry out a full head and neck cancer screening.   

This weekend Dentist and Mouth Cancer Foundation Ambassador, Dr Philip Lewis will be speaking at the UK Dental Congress and Exhibition at Olympia in London.   He will be talking about mouth cancer and the importance of screening and early detection during the professional dentistry core CPD sessions.  For more information visit…