17 November 2021
More people in the UK will lose their battle with mouth cancer if we do not get into the habit of checking for signs of the disease at home, according to the Oral Health Foundation.
New research by the charity and Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, has shown that almost two-in-three (64%) have never checked themselves for signs of cancer in or around the mouth.
Carried out as part of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, the investigation also found that more than one-in-four (27%) do not know any of the potential early warning signs for the disease.
More than 2,700 people in the UK lost their life to mouth cancer last year – a 48% rise compared to a decade ago. With almost half (45%) of all mouth cancers diagnosed in stage IV, the most advanced phase of the disease, the Oral Health Foundation is appealing for more people to routinely look for signs of mouth cancer.
According to Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the charity, a simple check could sa…