• Mouth cancer


    This is the general term given to the variety of malignant tumours that develop in the mouth, (oral cavity). The Mouth Cancer Foundation promotes awareness of all head and neck cancers i.e. throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), salivary glands, nose, nasal, sinuses, lips and skin.

  • What to do if you think you might have mouth cancer

    If you have noticed any of the signs and symptoms described or have any other reason to believe you may have mouth or other head and neck cancer you should contact your dentist without delay.


    A professional examination will decide whether further action needs to be taken.

    In many cases you will be asked to return to the dentist for a review of your symptoms in 2-3 weeks.


    Sometimes the dentist will need a second opinion and may refer you to specialists at a local hospital.

    This does not mean you have mouth cancer.

    In fact less than 10% of patients referred turn out to have serious conditions.

    The referral is simply to protect your interests and make sure you get the best, most thorough and fastest treatment.


    The earlier cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. That is why every adult should examine themselves at least once a month for lumps or changes in the skin and mouth even when there is no discomfort.