The British Dental Health Foundation started Mouth Cancer Action Month as a charity campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention. Mouth cancer kills 1 person every 5 hours. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years making this campaign important.
Top 8 symptoms of oral cancer
Oral cancer can affect all the soft tissue in the mouth including lips, the tongue, inside the cheeks, gums, the floor of the mouth, the palate as well as the tonsils and the throat.
If an area of abnormal tissue is discovered at the time of your dental examination, your dentist will let you know and a biopsy (a tissue sample) would be recommended.
This procedure is done simply under local anaesthetic. The tissue sample will be investigated under the microscope to confirm the diagnosis.