If it's caught early enough, most people can be treated successfully. Oral cancer includes cancer of the tongue, gums, lips, cheeks and other areas of the mouth. Usually, it's identified by sores or lumps in the mouth that do not heal. Oral cancer affects more than twice as many men as women and occurs most often in people over the age of 40.
If in doubt, check it out.
Book an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible if:
Call us if you’re experiencing pain and need emergency dental care. We’ll get you in to see us fast for an urgent appointment.
It's important to understand the early warning signs of oral cancer. Typically, this can be sores in and around your mouth that don’t heal. This might be a mouth ulcer or another sore spot. It could be a red or white patch in your mouth. You may have difficulty eating or swallowing, or notice swelling of your jaws or a lump in your throat. If you wear dentures, you may notice some discomfort.
Be mindful of the following possible symptoms:
See your dentist or GP as soon as you can if you have any concerns, including any of the symptoms described above.
There are some recognised common causes of oral cancer. These can include:
Your risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. This type of cancer most often occurs in people over 40. Maintaining good overall and oral health can help reduce your risk of developing oral cancer. Make sure you eat a balanced and nutritious diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit.
When you book at one of our dental practices for a problem in your mouth, you want answers and advice as soon as possible. That’s understandable. It’s useful to think ahead about what your dentist will need to know to diagnose and treat you.
Generally your dentist will ask you about your medical history and then thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose and neck. You may also need an x-ray, depending on what your dentist suspects might be the problem.
Your dentist will ask you some questions, such as:
Think about your answers to these questions before your appointment. Being prepared can speed up the diagnosis.