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Blaby Dental are doing our bit to raise awareness about mouth cancer and the importance of getting in touch with your dentist or GP if you spot any changes in your mouth.


Mouth cancer action month was set up in 1998 due to the growing concerns about a significant increase in diagnoses of mouth cancer in the UK. There seemed to be a lack of general awareness about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, knowing what to look out for and being confident to report it to a healthcare professional.


Mouth cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.


Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer, as can any unusual lumps or swellings. Mouth cancers can start anywhere in the mouth, including:


  • Lips
  • Front of the tongue
  • Gums
  • Inside lining of the cheeks and lips
  • Floor and roof of the mouth
  • Behind the wisdom teeth


If these areas do not heal within three weeks it is essential to visit your dentist. If mouth cancer is recognised early, then the chances of a cure are good. It is important to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Mouth Cancer Action Month- November 2016