Oral Cancer

Important facts about mouth cancer:

  • More than 6,500 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year -18 diagnosis’ every day
  • Out of these, two-thirds were in men and one-third in women
  • Just under half of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in people aged 65
  • Each year, almost 2,000 people lose their life to mouth cancer
  • Just over half of those diagnosed survive beyond five years of diagnosis
  • The lifetime risk of developing oral cancer in the UK is estimated to be 1 in 93 for men and 1 in 186 for women
  •  Chance of developing mouth cancer are around 130% higher for men living in more deprived areas compared with the least deprived, and more than 74% higher for women
  • Over two thirds of mouth cancer cases are detected at a late stage, reducing chances of survival
  • Mouth cancer kills more people than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined
  • Tobacco use and drinking alcohol are the main risk factors and account for around three in four cases of mouth cancers
  • People who both drink and use tobacco to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the condition
  • Mouth cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, though an increasing number of young people are developing the condition
  • Over two-thirds of 12-16 year olds admit to drinking alcohol and one in seven have admitted to smoking
  • Four in five people don’t know the symptoms of mouth cancer
  • Almost two-thirds don’t know if their dentists checks for mouth cancer
  • Only 5% able to identify HPV as a leading cause of mouth cancer

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