What are the symptoms?
Mouth cancer can have many different symptoms including:
- A mouth ulcer that doesn't heal within three weeks
- Red or white patches in the mouth or throat
- Unusual lumps or swellings
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Teeth that become loose for no obvious reason
- Bleeding or numbness within the mouth
- Changes in the voice
Can mouth cancer be cured?
If the symptoms of mouth cancer are caught and treated early, the chances of a cure are good. This is why it’s especially important to visit a dentist regularly, so that they can spot any of the early signs before it’s too late.
What can I do to prevent mouth cancer?
There are many steps you can take to keep your mouth and body healthy, and in return, reduce the risk of mouth cancer:
- Take good care of your teeth and gums every day, and follow the advice your dental team give you.
- Attend regular appointments and let your dental team know about any changes in your mouth.
- Cutting down on smoking and drinking, or giving them up completely will substantially lower your risk of mouth cancer.
- If you know you’re going to be out in the sun, make sure to wear a high factor sun cream and use a sun-protecting balm on your lips.
- A diet rich in Vitamins A, C and E can also provide protection against the risk of mouth cancer, along with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Lifestyle choices such as multiple sexual partners may increase your risk of being exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV), which has been linked to mouth cancer.
*Oral Health Foundation 2017