Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November and is designed primarily to raise awareness of mouth cancer, highlighting what it is and what the signs and symptoms are for early detection. This early detection can literally save lives, so it is important to spread the word.
As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, it’s extremely important that we all know what to look out for.
Some of the symptoms of mouth cancer are listed below:
- Ulcers which do not heal within three weeks
- Red & white patches in the mouth
- Lumps or swellings in the mouth or head & neck area
Dentists perform visual checks when you visit for a check-up:
- A visual check of the head and neck to see if there are any noticeable swellings or bumps.
- A feel of your lips, they may pull down the lower lip to see if there are any sores or changes in colour. Upper lips will also be checked.
- A check of the roof of your mouth to see any change in colour or any lumps.
- A look at your tongue, they may ask you to stick it out and move it from side to side to check for ulcers.
- A check for lumps, swellings or ulcers on the floor of the mouth.
Early detection is crucial. If any of these signs are noticed, please tell your dentist or doctor immediately. If in doubt, get checked out!
There are many ways to get involved in Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Please see further information on the Oral Health Foundation website at: www.dentalhealth.org/mouth-cancer-action-month