There has been a rise in the number of mouth cancer cases in the UK, according to a report by the Metro.
Latest figures reveal 18 people are diagnosed with the disease on a daily basis. Despite the alarming number, many are unaware of the threat of the disease or how to detect it.
In the report, Dr Raha Sepehrara, a dentist explained what are the types, symptoms and risk factors of mouth cancer.
Types of oral cancer
|* Squamous cell cancer - can be found in the mouth and skin|
|* Salivary gland cancer|
|* Oral melanomas|
Symptoms of mouth cancer
|* Ulcers that haven't healed in weeks|
|* Abnormal swellings|
|* Lumps in or around the mouth, neck or head|
|* Red or white lesions developed in the mouth|
|* Teeth looseness|
|* Sudden lisp development|
Mouth cancer risk factors
|* Unhealthy diet|
|* Alcohol consumption|
|* Human papilloma virus|
Mouth cancer check
Dentists normally do a routine check-up of the disease. If they do not, request for one.
"The dentist, before checking inside the mouth, checks for any lumps or bumps visible on face or neck," Dr Sepehrara told the Metro. Adding, "Then we check inside the mouth, we check the lips, cheeks, roof of mouth, floor of mouth, tongue (top, bottom, sides), generally check the skin of all parts of the mouth."
Make an appointment with the dentist if you notice any symptoms.