November 10, 2007

Mouth Cancer Precautions

MEDICS are urging people on Tyneside to get their mouths checked to spot any early signs of cancer.

Mouth cancer kills one person every five hours in the UK and Gateshead's oral health promotion team are raising awareness of the importance of early detection.

Throughout Mouth Cancer Awareness Week, which runs until November 17, the team will be out and about explaining how to prevent the illness.

Joanne Robson, oral health co-ordinator for Gateshead Primary Care Trust, said: "Mouth cancer can appear in different forms.

"It is important that you examine your mouth on a regular basis. If you have an ulcer that hasn't healed after three weeks, or any unusual changes, such as a red or white patch, you should arrange an appointment with your dentist or seek other medical advice."

Smoking is the most common cause of mouth cancer, and excessive drinking can also increase the risk.

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