During each and every examination our dental professionals will examine for signs of mouth cancer. There is a simple routine you can carry out at home which is very quick and could be life saving. Please share this blog with your friends and family too – they may be unaware of the signs.
Head and Neck – Look at both sides of your neck, do they look the same? Look for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side.
Neck – Feel and press along the sides and front of your neck. Is there any tenderness or lumps?
Lips – Pull down the lower lip and look inside for any sores or changes in colour. Then use your forefinger to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture. Repeat on the upper lip.
Cheek – Use your finger to pull out your cheek so that you can see inside. Not opening so wide allows you to pull your cheek out a little further. Look for red, white or dark patches. Put your index finger inside your cheek and your thumb on the outside. Gently squeeze and roll the cheek to check for any lumps, tenderness or ulcers. Repeat on the other cheek.
Roof of your mouth – Tilt your head back and use a mirror to look for any change in colour. Run your finger across the roof of your mouth to feel for any lumps.
Tongue – Stick out your tongue and look at the surface in a mirror for any changes in colour or texture. Gently pull out your tongue holding it with a handkerchief or gauze and look at one side first then the other side. Look for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers. Put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth and use the mirror to look for swellings or ulcers.
Floor of your mouth – Look at the floor of your mouth (under your tongue) in the mirror. Look for any colour or texture changes. Press your finger along the floor of your mouth to feel for any lumps or tenderness.
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month A dedicated month-long campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Our team is taking part in a 10km walk in Hyde Park in London to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. You can sponsor us in the clinic or via our Just Giving page:
Thank you for your support 🙂