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Mouth cancer ‘to rise by two-thirds’ by 2030

Posted by Allie Wright

Mouth cancer could be set to rise by as much as two-thirds over the course of the next two decades, according to new research by The International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The increase of 63 per cent expected by the organisation would see 460,000 people killed by the disease by 2030.

Chief executive of the International Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter stated he believes there is a need for more awareness regarding mouth cancer and its risk factors.

He said: “Mouth cancer is very closely related to lifestyle choices. Making more people aware of the risks and symptoms for mouth cancer will undoubtedly save lives.”

Dr Carter explained individuals need to look out for ulcers which do not heal within three weeks of forming, as well as red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings.

Amanda Dear, head and neck Macmillan specialist at the Freeman Hospital, recently told Newcastle newspaper the Chronicle that those who have their mouth cancer detected early have much better survival chances.

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