Mouth Cancer Awareness Month – November 2014

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Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

1st – 31st November 2014


Do you know how common Mouth Cancer is?

  • In the UK 38,000 people are living with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.
  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.

Are you aware of the signs and symptoms of Mouth Cancer?

  • A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks.
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Difficulty in chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Neck swelling present for more than three weeks.
  • Unexplained persistent earache.

*This list is not exhaustive.

Reduce your chances by……

  • Not smoking or chewing tobacco, gutkha/paan
  • Limiting alcohol consumption.
  • Having a healthier low meat, low fat diet, rich in vegetables and fruit with servings of bread, cereals or beans every day.
  • A high proportion of oropharyngeal cancers in non-smokers and younger adults have been associated with HPV.

It is of upmost importance to regularly attend your routine dental appointments that will include mouth cancer screening.

Speak to your Dentist or our reception team for more information.


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