The NHS states that every year around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer. This statistic equates to 2% of all cancers diagnosed. November is mouth (oral) cancer action month and in the latest post from Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we take a look at some of the most common symptoms that are associated with mouth cancer and detail further information on this topic.
Early Detection is Important
As with any type of cancer, early detection is vital. If you spot any of the below symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
Signs and Symptoms
Sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal within several weeks
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the neck
Unexplained looseness of teeth, or sockets that don’t heal after extractions
Unexplained, persistent numbness or an odd feeling on the lip or tongue
White or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue – these can be early signs of cancer and should be investigated
Changes in speech, such as a lisp
Factors That Can Increase Your Risk
Oral cancer can form when cells on the lips or in the mouth develop changes. You can find out more about how cancers develop on the National Cancer Institute website.
There are various factors that can increase the risk of mouth cancer:
The use of tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff etc.
Heavy use of alcohol
Excessive sun exposure to the lips
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Your dentist is trained to spot signs of mouth cancer, so paying regular visits to your dentist is important.
Boost Awareness of Mouth Cancer
The Mouth Cancer Foundation has various ways to donate and get involved with the charity. If you would like to raise awareness of this type of cancer, head over to their website to see how you can get involved.
Love-Teeth Dental Practice
If you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or mouth, we welcome you to contact our dedicated team. We check for signs of oral cancer at every check-up. To book your appointment, please call 0161 773 7080.