Know the signs and symptoms.
Did you know that about sixty thousand people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next 10 years?
In the UK alone there were 7,700 cases of mouth, throat and neck cancer in 2011 alone.
Although tobacco is considered the main cause of mouth cancer, drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. And, those people that smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
Also, if you are a male over 40 with a poor diet you are even more likely to develop mouth cancer.
Without early detection it is estimated that of the 60,000 people that will be diagnosed with the disease, half will die.
With early detection being so important, it’s paramount that you are aware of any changes and contact your dentist if you notice something or are concerned at all.
Things to look out for:
- Ulcers that do not heal within 3 weeks
- Pain or discomfort in the mouth
- Lumps or swellings with no obvious cause in the mouth or neck
- Bleeding from the mouth or throat
- Red or white patches inside the mouth
- Changes in texture, hardness or roughness in the mouth
- Pain when swallowing, chewing or in the jaw
- Persistent hoarseness or changes to your voice
- Persistent coughing or feeling something is stuck
- Numbness or tingling of the lips or tongue
For more information visit www.dentalhealth.org/mouth-cancer-action-month
If you have any concerns regarding your mouth please make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.