Mouth Cancer Action Month- November 2017

31st October 2017

Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. In the last year more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago.

Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. As it is, people with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer.

In light of this,we would like to emphasise the importance of attending regularly to see your dentist (every 6 months). They check the health of your entire mouth, not just your teeth. Please click on the link more more detailed info on the signs and symptoms.

If you have any concerns or would simply like further information, please contact our reception team on 0208 460 9742.