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Mouth cancer problem ‘growing in UK’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

The UK’s problem regarding mouth cancer is continuing to rise, according to Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya, professor of oral medicine at King’s College London.

Speaking at the launch of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month held at the House of Commons, he explained how instances of the disease are up by 41 per cent in the last ten years.

Professor Warnakulasuriya suggested that a lack of clinical trials on mouth cancer is one of the reasons for this rise over the past decade.

He said: “While the treatment of many cancers is leading to an improvement in survival rates, the same cannot be said for mouth cancer. The proportion that dies has remained more or less constant.”

Professor Stephen Porter, director of University College London’s Eastman Dental Institute, recently pointed out the drop in the number of people who smoke could lead to fewer instances of mouth cancer in the future, as tobacco is the main risk factor involved in the disease.

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