Dentist Nadiya SuidaIn support of Mouth Cancer Action Month, that runs from 1 to 30 November 2021, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Dental service will be raising awareness of the potential warning signs and symptoms of mouth cancer, as well as the factors that could put people at risk.

According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation and the Oral Health Foundation more than 8,300 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year in the UK. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of the very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

Sharon Walker, Oral Health Lead commented: “We want people to be more aware of mouth cancer and the lifestyle choices they make that can lead to mouth cancer developing.  Mouth cancer kills more people in the UK every year than cervical and testicular cancer combined. Spotting the disease early can increases chances of survival, early detection is key, and we encourage people to check their mouths regularly, and visit the dental surgery immediately if they notice anything abnormal to reduce the risks.”

The warning signs of mouth cancer are:

  • Red, white or speckled patches in the mouth that can’t be wiped off
  • Mouth ulcers or sores that take longer than three weeks to heal
  • A lump or thickening in the mouth
  • Problems chewing or swallowing lasting more than three weeks
  • A sore throat that lasts longer than three weeks

To reduce the risk of mouth cancer:

  • Check your mouth regularly and visit your dentist or GP immediately if you notice anything unusual
  • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco
  • Don’t drink more than the recommended limit of alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet
  • If in doubt, get checked out.

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