Beating mouth cancer is so dependent on diagnosing it at an early stage. If it is caught early, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten – those odds are pretty good, and that’s why early detection is so important.

Sadly, far too many mouth cancers are not spotted early enough.

‘If in doubt, get checked out’. We encourage everybody to be mouth aware and pay more attention to what’s going on inside the mouth. Most importantly, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is essential that you tell your dentist immediately.


 Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheeks. Three signs and symptoms not to ignore are:

Mouth ulcers which do not heal in three weeks.

Red and white patches in the mouth.

Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. This happens during your routine dental check-up.