What is Mouth Cancer – Mouth Cancer Action Month

What is Mouth Cancer – Mouth Cancer Action Month

What is Mouth Cancer?

Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not.

Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men, however it is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.

Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. 

What are the signs of mouth cancer? 

Mouth cancer can appear as

  • A painless mouth ulcer – that does not heal normally
  • A white or red patch in the mouth – can develop into mouth cancer
  • Any unusual lumps or swellings

Be mouthaware and look for changes in the mouth. 

It is important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks

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