- We should all regularly check the inside of our mouths for any lumps, bumps, red or white patches, sores or ulcers. You can’t always feel these problems/they aren’t always obvious – so use a mirror to help you check your gums, tongue, and cheeks.
- If you find any of these symptoms, and they last for more than 2 weeks without improvement then you should make an appointment to see your GP or Dentist. If in doubt, get it checked out.
- When you go to your appointment, ask if your symptoms may be an indicator of mouth cancer.
- Catching your symptoms early may save your life.
- Mouth cancer is a disease that affects men and women of all ages. You increase your risk of developing the disease if you smoke, drink or chew paan or tobacco.
- Because there is a link between detection and prognosis it’s really important that you report any symptoms really early.
- If you have any questions or concerns make an appointment to speak to your GP or dentist.
This short video explains how to perform a simple mouth self-examination.