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Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)

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8300 brits are given the news they have mouth cancer each year!

8,300 Brits are given the news they have mouth cancer each year! The number of cases has grown by 49% in the last ten years and by 135% in the last 20 years.

MORE: UK’s first report into mouth cancer reveals huge gamble the nation is taking with its health

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

The symptoms of oral cancer vary and can quite often be inconspicuous, but anyone experiencing any of the following for more than 2 weeks should see a dentist for a diagnosis:

  • difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • a lump or sore area in the mouth, throat or on the lips
  • a white or red patch in the mouth
  • difficulty moving the tongue or jaw
  • unexpected weight loss
  • a sore or ulcer that does not heal or bleeds
  • tenderness, pain, or lumps anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

At your comprehensive dental examination, we will check for all the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

Which is why it’s vital you attend regularly – early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. If you haven’t been in a while, pick up the phone and get your routine exam booked.


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