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Mouth Cancer Awareness : Know the Signs

Each year in November dental practices throughout the UK try to raise public awareness of mouth cancer, and the time is with us once again to beat the drum.


Cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, the tongue and lips, throat, salivary glands, and any of the surrounding tissues and organs. 


These "Mouth Cancers" have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma - and yet there is no formal national screening program.


Sadly of the in excess of 6000 cases a year diagnosed in the UK, in excess of 50% of patients don't make it - often because of late diagnosis. 


So, what can you do about it?


Know the signs - and my thanks to the Mouth Cancer Foundation for this information:


It is important to have a self-awareness and to perform regular self-examinations to help in the early identification of these symptoms: 


1. A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks

2. A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth

3. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth

4. Difficulty in swallowing

5. Difficulty in chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

6. Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

7. A feeling that something is caught in the throat
8. A chronic sore throat or voice change (hoarseness) that persists more than six weeks, particularly smokers over 50 years old and heavy drinkers

9. Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable

10. Neck swelling present for more than three weeks

11. Unexplained tooth mobility persisting for  more than three weeks - see a dentist urgently

12. Persistent nasal (especially unilateral)l nasal obstruction, particularly associated with mucus (clear, purulent or bloody) discharge causing difficulty breathing through nose

13. Unexplained persistent earache




Mouth Cancer Awareness : Reduce the Risk
So - you want teeth for life then?
 

Comments 1

Guest - Kelvin on Saturday, 07 June 2014 19:20

So important and often overlooked in terms of actually telling people about the symptoms of throat and mouth cancer, and not just showing the devastating outcome like the media always does.

So important and often overlooked in terms of actually telling people about the symptoms of throat and mouth cancer, and not just showing the devastating outcome like the media always does.
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Friday, 22 November 2019

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