Cancer of the tongue and oral cavity are the most common forms of mouth cancer, followed then
by the throat, lip, neck and other mouth cancers make up the rest of cases. It is one of a very few
cancers that experts predict case numbers will increase in the coming years.
Yes. Nearly 2,000 people in the UK die from mouth cancer every year, more than testicular cancer
and cervical cancer combined. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was
diagnosed early enough. Early detection for mouth cancer can result in a survival outcome of 90%.
However, delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 40%.
Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips.
Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red
patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer. Be aware of any unusual lumps in your mouth
or jaw area and any persistent hoarseness or difficulty swallowing. It is important to visit your
dentist if you have any of these symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks. Your dental check-
ups at Bishopsgate dental will always include an oral cancer examination as standard.
The inside of your mouth and your tongue will be examined by the dentist and the examination will
also look at your neck and underneath your jaw. It’s also great for you to check your mouth
regularly at home and pick up any changes quickly. Remember, your dental team can see parts of
your mouth that you cannot see easily yourself so it’s always best to make sure you have your
mouth regularly checked by a professional.
If the dental team find something unusual they will fully assess and photograph the area and refer
you immediately to see an oral medicine consultant who will carry out a thorough examination of
your mouth and throat and may take a small biopsy to examine the area under the microscope.
They may organize further blood tests, x-rays or scans to help decide if any treatment is needed.
There are treatments for mouth cancer but complete cure chances are significantly reduced if the
diagnosis is late. Regular examinations are crucial to ensure any problems are spotted early. If you
are worried or unsure, do not hesitate to get any lumps or ulcers checked out.
How can I try and prevent getting mouth cancer?
If you need a dental appointment for an oral cancer examination, please don’t hesitate about contacting us. You can book online via our contact form for a dentist appointment in Liverpool Street or call us on 020 7377 6762.