One of the reasons that mouth cancer is still on the increase is that people are not familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease until it is too late.

Make yourself aware of the symptoms and you may just save your life or someone else’s. 

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  • An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause.

When you are checking inside your mouth you are looking and feeling for anything unusual especially any lumps, red or white patches, changes in colour or texture or lingering ulcers. Always check with your dentist or GP if you find anything unusual. There is also more information about Mouth Cancer on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website.