Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.
What can cause oral cancer?
Oral cancer is more common among tobacco and alcohol users.
The consumption of alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer and mixed with tobacco use, the risk becomes even greater. Sun exposure without protection can also cause cancer of the lips.
How can mouth cancer be detected early?
Early detection increases success rates so we recommend regular oral and dental check-ups. The earlier the abnormality is detected, the smaller the ulcer is likely to be. Regular dental health checks and yearly oral cancer checks make early detection possible.
As a patient at our practice your dentist will always check for cancer during your regular check-up.
What are the symptoms of oral or mouth cancer?
Symptoms can include:
- Red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue
Tips for a healthy mouth
- Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
- Whilst brushing your teeth look out for any abnormalities like ulcers (they can be painless) or any red or white patches
- Sun exposure: use a lip balm with sun protection and avoid over exposure
- Eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients
- Cut down on smoking and drinking
For more information go to: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/wyntk-oral-cancer
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