Mouth Cancer Action Month 2022

Mouth Cancer Action Month 2022

Hello everyone,

I’m very aware that Mouth Cancer is a subject rarely talked about, even though it is the 11th most common cancer and claims more lives than Cervical and Testicular Cancer combined.

November is National Mouth Cancer Month so let’s talk about it.

Last year 8,337 people in the UK were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer, 2,300 sadly died. An earlier diagnosis would likely have saved many of these lives.

Mouth Cancer can affect everyone, with & without teeth, in any area in the mouth (cheek, lips, tongue, roof & floor of mouth and back of throat). It used to be seen in the over 50’s, particularly in men but is now being seen in younger patients & women.

The main causes are smoking/chewing tobacco and/or drinking excessive alcohol although research is showing a link with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) in many cases.

Early detection is so important for increasing the chance of survival. At your appointments, the Dentists & Hygienists look at your mouth as a whole – not just the teeth & gums. However, let’s work together on this.

Look in your mouth regularly, be aware of any ulcers that are not healing after 3 weeks, unusual red or white patches, any lumps in the mouth or jaw area. Any concerns get in touch.

Most of the time it will be nothing serious but it’s always best to come in and get it checked.

Please encourage your family and friends to do the same and to also go for regular dental examinations, remember, the earlier the detection the better the outcome.

Thank you for reading this

Julie Lunn – Hygienist

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