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Mouth Cancer


Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer (oral cancer), whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. There are, on average, almost 6,500 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year. The number of new cases of mouth cancer is on the increase.

Over 1,900 people in the UK die from mouth cancer (oral cancer) every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. Most cases of oral cancer (mouth cancer) are linked to tobacco and alcohol.

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