Mouth cancer

The following are risk factors for developing mouth cancer:

  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
  • Diet
  • Betel nut use (and chewing of “smokeless” tobacco products)
  • Sun

The following can be symptoms of mouth cancer:

  • Red or white patches, inside the mouth or on the lips
  • An ulcer that doesn’t heal
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Swollen glands or a lump in your neck
  • Persistent ear ache
  • Numbness of the lip or chin

All of the above symptoms can be caused by lots of other dental or medical problems.  

Please visit the Mouth Cancer Foundation website for more information, alternatively call our helpline on 0300 123 7691 for advice.

Visit your dentist regularly. They will carry out a mouth cancer check at each examination. As with all cancers, early diagnosis has a large effect on prognosis.