Mouth Cancer Screening
Mouth cancer is not as common as breast, cervical or skin cancer, but those patients unfortunate enough to suffer from cancer of the tongue, lips or throat are more likely to die from their disease.
Even with treatment, around 50% of people with oral cancer die from their disease; in the UK this equates to around 1700 people per year. The reason for the high mortality rate is because mouth cancers are often not detected early enough for treatment to be effective.
Mouth cancers are not always painful and sufferers often have no idea that there is anything wrong. Symptoms include:
– Ulcers that don’t heal;
– Red, white or black patches, lumps or bumps that don’t go away;
– Sudden changes to how well your dentures fit (for example, they become uncomfortable or loose fitting).