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The hidden cost of mouth cancer

By May 13, 2013 March 24th, 2014 No Comments

We were sat for days with our heads in our hands, working out finances to see which was the best route to go down. Things have had to be sold, things have had to be downgraded – just to cover the cost of the dental treatment.”

More than 6,000 people have mouth cancer diagnosed every year in the UK

Forty-one-year-old Debra Sykes, from Oldham, had a rare form of mouth cancer diagnosed in 2007.

After surgery and radiotherapy she was left needing dental implants London.

For clinical reasons she could not get NHS treatment so had to turn to a private dentist.

“The final cost is £9,000 to try and save what teeth I have left. My partner had a motorbike and he sold that in order to pay for the downpayment to get the treatment started,” she said.

Restorative treatment done in the hospital system is free of charge but where this isn’t available, patients have to register with a local dentist where NHS dental charges apply.

If they cannot get access to an NHS dentist, they may be forced to go private.

“Facing cancer is the toughest road you will go down, but people are offered prosthetics, and breast implants. Teeth are a major part of your everyday life. They help with speech, chewing food, keeping your bone in place.

“I was told that it was cosmetic and they did not fund cosmetic dental treatment London….read more

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