November is Mouth Cancer Action Month
Most of us have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can appear in our mouth, where the disease can be diagnosed in areas like the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
In the United Kingdom (and around the world), the number of people with mouth cancer continues to grow at an astonishing rate.
By spotting mouth cancer early, we have a much better chance of beating it.
With early diagnosis, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten – those odds are pretty good, and that’s why knowing what to look out for is so important.
Sadly, far too many mouth cancers are not spotted early enough.
During Mouth Cancer Action Month we are promoting the message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’. We encourage everybody to be mouthaware and pay close attention to what’s going on inside the mouth.
Most importantly, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.
How can mouth cancer be spotted early?
Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination.
This happens during your routine dental check-up.