Mouth (oral) cancer in the UK is on the increase.
Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade. In the UK, over 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011.
Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer. Drinking to excess can also increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times with those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.
Treatment can be highly effective for mouth cancer, dependent upon where it is, so long as early detection and treatment is undertaken. For this reason we have written a 7-point self examination guide.
One of the most important things with mouth cancer is early detection, so in this guide we will talk about how you can examine yourself at home, the risk factors for oral cancer and how you can lower them.