The Australian Dental Association used the occasion of World Cancer Day earlier this week (4 February) to remind Australians to schedule regular check-ups with their dentist which should include a screening for oral cancer.
Oral cancer is a potentially fatal disease that can affect all ages, from young adults to the elderly. However, regularly visiting the dentist can increase your chance of early detection.
During a screening, the soft tissues in and around the mouth are visualised and palpated by a dentist to check for cancerous or precancerous lesions. It is one of the most important components of a general dental check-up and should be performed routinely.
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, it is more frequent in men than women, and it usually appears at the age of 60.
Early detection is essential to manage this disease, and it is possible since the most common sites for oral cancer are very visible areas such as the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth.
Therefore, to guide dental professionals and improve the prevention of this disease, the FDI World Dental Federation and SUNSTAR, a holistic healthcare company, have developed a chairside guide to prevent and treat Oral Cancer.
‘Oral cancer: Prevention and patient management.’
This toolkit for professionals focuses on the prevention and management of oral cancer patients, paying particular attention to the screening process. (Source)
Meanwhile in India , The Indian Dental Association’s (IDA) Kolkata and the Suburban branch have started one month-long oral cancer awareness camps at 10 different places to impart knowledge on how to check oral cancer and other ailments. The IDA has already been observing ‘Oral Cancer Awareness Month’ which will continue till February 4. One of the main objectives of the programme is to ensure that people become aware on how to prevent various oral diseases. (Source)