Diagnosis and Management of Oral Lesions Including Early Detection of Oral Cancer

This includes the identification and management of —

  • Oral mucosal conditions, including malignant and pre-malignant oral disease. Treatment of pre-cancerous lesions will generally involve addressing the risk factors for oral cancer and monitoring the area. Sometimes removal of the lesion may be suggested. Early oral cancers usually present as a white patch, a red patch, an ulcer, a lump or a raised area. It is therefore important to have any new or changing lesions in your mouth checked by a specialist in Oral Medicine.
  • Ulcers and blisters e.g. recurrent aphthous ulceration, pemphigus or pemphigoid, may require investigations such as blood tests or biopsies for diagnosis in addition to disease specific treatment and frequent monitoring.
  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease e.g. Lichen planus, lupus erythematosus, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease.