Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

THE risk of get­ting mouth can­cer is 40 times higher if a per­son drinks and smokes.

Some 300 cases of mouth and phar­ynx can­cer are de­tected in Ire­land each year, lead­ing to 100 deaths.

Dr Conor McAlis­ter from the Ir­ish Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion stressed the im­por­tance of avail­ing of a free oral check un­der the me­dial card or PRSI sys­tem to help pick up can­cer.

Symp­toms of mouth can­cer may in­clude a sore or ul­cer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks, white or red patches in­side the mouth, a lump in the mouth or next to it, or per­sis­tent sore throat or hoarse­ness.

Un­ex­plained loose­ness of teeth, or sock­ets that don’t heal after ex­trac­tions, can be an­other sign.

Visit a den­tist reg­u­larly even if you wear den­tures. This is espe­cially important if you smoke and drink al­co­hol.

When brush­ing your teeth, look out for any changes in your mouth or neck.

Visit den­tist.ie or mouth­cancer­aware­ness.ie for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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