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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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He said the risk of mouth cancer rises sharply in those who drink alcohol while smoking as it enables chemicals from the tobacco to be drawn more easily into the lining of the mouth.
Anne Moore, NHS Lanarkshire's director of dentistry, said: "I welcome this initiative to raise awareness of mouth cancer in the younger generation as, sadly, we are seeing more and more young people being diagnosed with this condition.
And 20 per cent of stated that their dentist failed to carry out a mouth cancer check at their last check-up.
"A dentist like me can perform a mouth cancer screening and check out any lump or bump and see if there's anything to worry about, so please make that appointment.
Without early detection it is estimated that, over the next decade, around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer, and around 30,000 people will die, according to the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
As a driving force behind the national campaign Let's Talk About Mouth Cancer, he has brought the condition to the attention of thousands of people through reports in the media.
Mouth cancer is largely preventable and often caused by smoking and alcohol.
Consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery, David Mitchell, says up to 75% of mouth cancer is preventable.
Mouth Cancer Action Month (November) aims to get us more clued up.
If caught and treated early, survival rates for mouth cancer are relatively good, 90% in |Your dentist could spot the signs of mouth cancer long before you do fact.
Cases of oral cancer have shot up by 50 per cent in the past decade and Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to raise awareness of this disease, which kills one person every five hours.