Mouth Cancer Action Month

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and with more than 8,300 diagnoses in the UK, recognising the signs and getting an early diagnosis is more important than ever.

The campaign has been launched to educate and highlight the symptoms of this cancer so people can spot the potential signs of the disease and be diagnosed earlier.

What are the signs of Mouth Cancer?

  • Mouth ulcers which do not heal within 3 weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Unusual swellings or lumps in the mouth, neck or head

While risk factors (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) are seen as the main cause of mouth cancer, it should be noted that anyone can be affected.

It is also important to consider the fact that lips can be susceptible to skin cancer particularly as they are always exposed to the elements, and therefore UV radiation. Whilst not strictly mouth cancer, this would of course affect your oral health.

Failure to get an early diagnosis increases the risk of disability caused by the treatment of the cancer.

Disabilities can include:

  • Facial deformity
  • Loss of teeth
  • Damage to the tongue or throat

These can all result in problems with speaking and eating in public.

Considering the disabilities that can be caused by treatment of the disease, it is important to get an early diagnosis to minimise the impact of treatment. However, if you experience a delay in your treatment, or the symptoms of cancer are misdiagnosed resulting in a delay in your treatment, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. If you or someone you know has experienced misdiagnosis or a delay in treatment, give us a call and see if there are sufficient grounds to pursue compensation.

To find out more about Mouth Cancer Action Month, please click here.

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