Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer can form when mutations occur in the cells of the mouth, lips & tongue. If you are worried you may be showing any cancerous symptoms please pay us a visit.

What causes mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer can form when mutations occur in the cells of the mouth, lips & tongue .The accumulation of abnormal cells can then form a tumour which can spread to other parts of the body. The most common symptoms of mouth cancer are:

  • sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal within several weeks
  • unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth that don’t go away
  • unexplained, persistent lumps in the lymph glands in the neck that don’t go away
  • unexplained looseness of teeth, or sockets that don’t heal after extractions
  • unexplained, persistent numbness or an odd feeling on the lip or tongue
  • sometimes, white or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue – these can be early signs of cancer, so they should also be investigated
  • changes in speech, such as a lisp

Factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer:

  • Smoking & tobacco use of any kind.
  • Drinking alcohol heavily
  • Excessive sun exposure to the lips
  • A sexually transmitted virus called Human Papilloma(HPV)
  • A weakened immune system.

If mouth cancer is caught early, relatively minor surgery can be used, which has a very high chance of curing the cancer so it never comes back. That’s why you should report any changes in your mouth to your dentist and doctor immediately.