Over the years we have all become more and more aware of certain cancers and the different signs that we should look out for. We know about the prevalence of breast cancer and how to check breast and surrounding tissue for unusual lumps and bumps (that goes for men and women), and more than ever we are aware of the dangers of the sun and its association with skin cancer.
However, what do you know about mouth cancer? It’s not one of the most commonly discussed cancers, but incidences of it are increasingly on the rise, with more than 8,300 new cases diagnosed in the UK last year alone. Mouth cancer is predicted to increase further in the coming years so it’s about time we all started to talk about it more and understand what it looks like so that we can diagnose it in the early stages in more instances.
Signs and symptoms
Knowing what to look out for is the first step to becoming more mouthaware, which is at the top of the agenda for the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign that ran throughout November.
Keep an eye out for the following:
- Mouth ulcers that stay for 3 weeks or longer
- Unusual lumps or swellings in your mouth or around your neck
- Any white or red patches in your mouth.
In addition, you should check your mouth regularly, including the lips, cheeks, head, and neck. This will give you an indication of what looks and feels normal for you and if anything changes you should contact us immediately.
At Gaskell Avenue Dental Practice we will always aim to see you as soon as possible to check anything you are worried about, and we take every mouth cancer concern very seriously.
If you would like to know more about mouth cancer, or how we screen for it during every dental check-up, please contact us on 051565 633034.