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Early detection of mouth cancer more important than ever

Thursday 1st December 2016
Cases of mouth cancer are on the rise, making early detection more important than ever. Image: Lighthaunter via iStock
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    Medical professionals are being reminded of the importance of helping to detect mouth cancer as early on as possible, as new figures reveal cases of the disease are on the rise.

    New statistics from Cancer Research UK, published as part of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, reveal that there has been an increase of more than two-thirds (68 per cent) in the number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer over the past 20 years.

    The figures show that there has been a particularly significant rise in oral cancer diagnoses for women, with 71 per cent more cases of the life-threatening condition detected in females in 2014 compared to 1995. Meanwhile, diagnoses among men aged 50 and above rose by 59 per cent during the same two-decade period, while the number of males under 50 with the illness climbed by 67 per cent.

    Oral cancer encompasses lip, throat, tongue, gum, tonsil and oropharynx cancer, with nine out of ten cases arising from lifestyle factors, such as smoking, which is believed to account for around 65 per cent of diagnoses. However, a diet low in fruit and vegetables, drinking too much alcohol and the human papillomavirus can also be major risk factors for the disease.

    Jessica Kirby, senior health information manager at Cancer Research UK, commented: "It's important to get to know your body and what's normal for you to help spot the disease as early as possible.

    "An ulcer or sore in your mouth or tongue that won't go away, a lump on your lip or in your mouth, a red or red and white patch in your mouth or an unexplained lump in your neck are all things to look out for."

    In response to the dramatic increase in mouth cancer over the past 20 years, the charity has been working with the British Dental Association to develop new resources to help dentists, doctors and nurses spot and diagnose the signs of oral cancer quicker, allowing patients to access potentially life-saving treatment for the condition within the best possible timeframe.

    Written by Martin Lambert

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