Every year, the month of November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, the UK’s biggest charity campaign for spreading awareness of mouth cancer. During November, thousands of people go into their communities to help teach people about mouth cancer.
Although the disease claims more lives each year than testicular and cervical cancer combined, it is not spoken about as often as other cancers. As a result, people aren’t aware of the symptoms to look out for, or the risk factors associated with oral cancers. By raising awareness, we help to increase cases of early detection and early treatment.
To help increase the chances of successful treatment, it’s important to know what mouth cancer symptoms to look out for to ensure early diagnosis of the disease. It can strike throughout the mouth, including the tongue, gums, cheeks and lips, as well as the neck.
You should look out for the following symptoms:
Other signs to look out for include:
If in doubt, you should get checked out by your GP.
Attending regular appointments with your dentist also helps to increase the chances of mouth cancer being spotted early. During a routine dental check, dentists will carry out a visual mouth cancer check, so we recommend that you arrange check-ups at least every six months.
Whilst we don’t know exactly what causes most mouth cancers, several factors are seen to increase the risk of mouth cancer, many of which are lifestyle-related. This means that making a few changes to your lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer.
Here are some of the factors that increase your risk of mouth cancer:
If any of these risk factors apply to you, you can help reduce your risks of developing oral cancer by changing your lifestyle.
If you would like to undergo orthodontic treatment, strong, healthy gums and teeth are essential. If you have any concerns about your oral health or potential symptoms of cancer, you must seek medical advice.
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