Dentist and Mouth Cancer Foundation Ambassador, Dr Andrew Osafo talks about the importance of screening for head and neck cancer. Andrew qualified as a dentist from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Dental School in 2003.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation recommends all dental practices and individual dental professionals 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.
The charity encourages all dental practices to carry out a thorough head and neck cancer screening of their patients. The charity views this as a whole team approach so all members of the practice team are familiar with the signs and symptoms to look out for. In addition, a constant effort is required to demonstrate a visible commitment to increasing public awareness of mouth cancer.
It takes less than 2 minutes to carry out a comprehensive mouth cancer screening and every dental practice should be doing this.