• A mouth ulcer that does not heal after 3 weeks
  • White or red patches on the tongue or in the mouth
  • Frequent pain and bleeding in the mouth
  • A lump or sore that does not heal
  • Regular pain in the face, head or neck
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Help yourself today

If you do not already have a dentist, then find one now. Call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 to find a dentist taking on NHS patients.

Your dentist is trained to spot the early signs of mouth cancer so ensure you have regular check ups.

Signs and symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms associated with head, neck and mouth cancer are:

Many of these symptoms are not specific to cancer and so can result in a less serious condition.

However, if you are concerned about any of your symptoms then consult your local dentist or GP who can advise you.


There is no way to prevent any cancer. However, you can help reduce your chances of getting head, neck and mouth cancer by not smoking and by keeping alcohol consumption within recommended safe limits.

75% of people who get mouth cancer smoke. Looking after your body by taking regular exercise, sticking to a healthy diet and making time to relax regularly will all help to keep you well.

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