World Cancer Day 2017

Saturday 4th February marks the seventeenth annual World Cancer Day, an event aimed at promoting awareness of ongoing cancer research and prevention.

Recent data published by Cancer Research UK has shown that rates of mouth cancer have risen by 68% over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, it’s predicted that cases of mouth cancer will continue to increase over the next few years , so it’s more important than ever to be vigilant for the signs of mouth cancer. Survival rates for mouth cancer are much higher if it’s detected early, so keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • 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

World cancer day

Mouth Cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.

Mouth cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle, but there are certain risk factors which can increase your risk of developing the disease. These include smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol to excess, a poor diet and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). 

In addition, regular visits to your dentist will help to spot any symptoms early on. Your dentist will usually carry out a mouth cancer check during your routine appointments, greatly increasing the chance of early detection and survival. 

Published 01/02/17

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