Over the last year, 8,772 people in the UK were given the life-changing news that they have mouth cancer – this is one person every hour.
These numbers continue to rise while the disease claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined.
The more we know about mouth cancer, the better chance we have of beating it. This means knowing how to spot mouth cancer early and knowing where to go when we see something out of the ordinary. It also means reducing our risk by cutting down on the things that cause mouth cancer.
Sadly, awareness of mouth cancer continues to be poor.
Only one-in-four know the early warning signs while knowledge of the main risk factors is as low as 15%.
Like all cancers, early diagnosis of mouth cancer is crucial. Yet around two-thirds have never checked their mouth for signs of cancer. Problems accessing health services during the pandemic has also led to a fall in referrals.
These factors all contribute to a scenario …
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