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mouth cancer

A lay term for what health professionals typically refer to as oral cancer, see there.

mouth cancer

Vox populi Oral cancer, see there.

Patient discussion about mouth cancer

Q. What is Mouth cancer? My grandfather has been diagnosed with mouth cancer. What is it? Is it dangerous?

A. Cancer of the mouth is dangerous as are all cancers. The earlier this cancer is detected, the better the survival rates are. If the cancer is caught in the first stage the survival rates can go up to 90% of patients surviving five years and most of these will be cured.

Q. What are the symptoms of mouth cancer? I have an ulcer in my mouth that won't go away, could it be cancer?

A. Have you had this ulcer for a long time? over 3 weeks?
If so, consult your GP however don't be alarmed as it isn't necessarily cancer, though it's always better to check it out and not neglect it.

Q. What is radiotherapy? My Grandfather had a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his cheek. He now needs to undergo radiotherapy. What is this? what are its side effects?

A. Generally, radiotherapy causes tiredness and sore, red skin in the area being treated. This is a bit like sunburn. Radiotherapy to the neck can damage the thyroid gland. Other side effects include: a sore throat- due to mouth ulcers, pain on swallowing,
a dry mouth- due to damage caused to the salivary glands (which are in charge of making the saliva), taste changes, a hoarse voice and effect on the sense of smell.

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I think it's important for people to know more about mouth cancers and what they can do to limit their risk.
According to the British Dental Health Foundation there are around 7,500 cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year.
Dr Rahman said: "Traditionally, the two high-risk groups were smokers and people with a high consumption of alcohol, but we're now seeing younger people experiencing mouth cancer more and more.
The study showed that those who drink alcohol in excess are four times more likely to develop mouth cancer, because alcohol is a major risk factor.
Dr Vinod Joshi, founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, said: "Caron is an inspiration.
The unit will be on board the Knowsley Health Promotion bus today, travelling round the borough to spread the message about mouth cancer awareness.
There are 4,400 new cases of mouth cancer and 1,700 deaths every year in the UK.
18, 2004 British Journal of Cancer, researchers led by Shu-Chun Lin of National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan, found that a particular version of a gene called heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is much more common among men who have mouth cancer than it is in men with no sign of the disease.
A French study found the same virus in the majority of tumours seen in a large group of patients with mouth cancer.
The team at Lindley Dental are supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month.
It wasn't until the white patch appeared that I started to think about it and I actually noticed a poster when I was visiting the dentist warning people to be aware of mouth cancer.