Know the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month and we’re urging our patients to know the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer as early detection is paramount in survival rates for the disease.
In 2017 over 7000 people in the UK alone were diagnosed with mouth cancer and there are over 300,000 new cases worldwide every year.
The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by a third over the last ten years and remains one of the few cancers which is predicted to increase in future years.
Mouth Cancer can affect anyone so it’s important to know the signs to look out for:
· Mouth ulcers which remain for more than three weeks
· Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth
· Red or white patches in the mouth
You should regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything unusual or changes and book an appointment with your dentist or doctor as soon as possible if you do notice anything.
Remember, if mouth cancer is diagnosed early the chances of a cure are greatly increased.
To find out more about the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month website: