Mouth Cancer Action Month 2017
Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
Mouth cancer is becoming more and more common and can occur almost anywhere in the mouth including floor of the mouth, tongue, mucosa, and even lips. So it’s good to know what to be looking for.Catching it early will increase the chances of full recovery, so look out for these signs and always speak to your dentist if you start to notice any of them:
- Sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat
- White or red patches in the mouth or throat. White and red patches are caused by harmful bacteria, which are one of the symptoms of fungal infection.
- Difficulty in swallowing. One of the most common symptoms is feeling pain and a burning sensation while chewing and swallowing food.
- Trouble moving your jaw or tongue, or problems with chewing, swallowing or speaking
- A lump in the neck. Lumps can develop in the neck as the infection can reach the lymph nodes as well. This is a common symptom of mouth and oesophageal cancer.
- Weight loss. Sudden and rapid weight loss is a common symptom of almost all cancer types. Mouth or oesophageal cancer causes pain while eating or swallowing.
- Bad breath.
- Pain in one of your ears but without any loss of hearing.
- Frequent bleeding and numbness in the mouth.
- Loose teeth with no apparent dental cause.
If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call and come and speak with your dentist. We will be happy to do a check and ensure everything is healthy.
You can do this by calling 01284 755631, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or popping into see us.