How to identify Oral Cancer

If you have had an unexplained ulcer in your mouth for three weeks even if it isn’t painful, it is recommended that you see a dentist urgently.

Mouth cancer can start in different parts of the mouth, including the lips, gums or soft sides of the mouth. Oropharyngeal cancer starts in the oropharynx. The oropharynx is the part of the throat (pharynx) just behind the mouth. It includes tonsil cancer and cancer in the back part of the tongue.

You should see your dentist if you have:

  • an ulcer in your mouth that will not heal
  • pain or discomfort in the mouth that will not go away
  • symptoms that are unusual for you
  • symptoms that don’t go away

Your symptoms are unlikely to be cancer but it is important to get them checked by a dentist.

You can find out more on

Mouth cancer – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Mouth cancer | Cancer Research UK

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