Mouth Cancer Action Month and signs and symptoms to look out for

Posted by Default Admin on 7 November 2014


Did you know that Mouth Cancer takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined? The killer disease also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents.

This November is Mouth Cancer Action Month where the team at Brilliant Dental Care will be supporting the cause to help get mouth cancers diagnosed as early as possible by increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their dental professional.

In 2013, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in the UK. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for:

Mouth Cancer can strike in several places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, and given that early detection is so crucial for survival, it’s extremely important that we know what to look out for. Three signs and symptoms that you should act upon quicklyare:

The most common symptoms of mouth cancer are a sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal, and pain in the mouth that does not go away. If the sore or ulcer doesn’t disappear after 3 weeks contact your dentist or GP straight away.

  • White patches anywhere in your mouth (leukoplakia).
  • Red patches anywhere in your mouth (erythroplakia).
  • A lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat.
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly.
  • A change in your voice or speech problems.
  • Weight loss.
  • A lump in the neck.
  • If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, various other symptoms can develop.

All of the symptoms above can be due to other conditions, so tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. If your dentist spots anything unusual during a regular check-up they will refer you to a doctor. Don’t delay, call today and you can potentially save your life.