As Mouth Cancer Action Month comes to an end, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of the symptoms of the disease and what can cause it.
Did you know that mouth cancer takes more lives than road traffic accidents in the UK, and more lives than testicular cancer and cervical cancer combined?
With an early diagnosis, your survival rate is around 90%, but this falls to 50% if caught in the later stages.
Make sure you know the causes and the symptoms today!
Tobacco and alcohol can be linked to most cases of mouth cancer. This regular traditional tobacco consumption such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes but have also been linked to chewing tobacco.
If alcohol and tobacco are consumed together, the risk increases.
New research has also linked mouth cancer to HPV (human papillomavirus) too, which is a major cause of cervical cancer.
Symptoms of mouth cancer can vary greatly and take on different forms. The mouth, tongue and lips can all display symptoms so it’s important to be aware of your whole mouth, rather than just your gums/teeth.
Three serious signs not to ignore include: mouth ulcers that do not heal within 3 weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in your mouth/head/neck.
If in doubt, head to your dentist for a check-up.
Full info can be found on the official Mouth Cancer Action Month website here.