Mouth cancer describes a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, and is rapidly on the increase. The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with about 1,700 deaths per year in the UK, often because of late detection. Visit your dentist at once if you notice anything unusual about your mouth. Regular dental check-ups allow early detection of abnormalities in the mouth.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity that raises awareness of mouth cancers and provides information and support to patients, carers and health professionals.