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Mouth cancer cases ‘continuing to grow’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

A new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of mouth cancer are being launched by the British Dental Health Foundation.

It was noted by the body that the number of mouth cancer cases in the UK is on the rise, while there is a lack of knowledge among the public regarding the symptoms of the condition.

Throughout November, the foundation will be running activities for Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the body, stated mouth cancer killed more people than road traffic accidents in 2010, the latest data has shown.

“This fact highlights the danger posed by mouth cancer. It also highlights a lack of awareness about the disease,” he said.

Smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet, smokeless tobacco and the human papilloma virus are all known to be risk factors involved in mouth cancer.

Ulcers which do not heal within three weeks could be a sign of mouth cancer, along with red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings.

Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men, although it is becoming more common in younger individuals and women.

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