November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

Source: https://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org/

What is Mouth Cancer

This is the general term given to the variety of malignant tumours that develop in the mouth, (oral cavity). The Mouth Cancer Foundation promotes awareness of all head and neck cancers i.e. throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), salivary glands, nose, nasal, sinuses, lips and skin.

Symptoms

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness of tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  • Unexplained loosening of teeth.

Risk Factors

  • Tobacco use is the main cause of mouth cancer.
  • Drinking alcohol to excess can increase risks four fold.
  • Drinking and smoking together can make mouth cancer up to 30 times more likely to develop.
  • Poor diet and social deprivation is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the next decade.
  • Exposure to the sun is a cause of skin cancer which can affect the lips and face.

Early Detection is KEY!

Click to download these  brochures from the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s awareness website and remember to do your self checks!

And remember to book regular check ups with our team to keep an eye on your whole mouth health!