This Two-Minute Test Could Save Your Life

Updated: Nov 20, 2020



There are over 8,300 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed every year in the UK, and sadly, over 2,700 lives are lost.


Today is Mouth Cancer Awareness Day, which is part of an annual month-long campaign in November that raises awareness of risk factors, signs and symptoms of mouth cancers.


Examining yourself once a month using this guide could save your life. All you need is good light, a mirror and clean hands.


The following are signs of mouth cancer that you should be looking out for:

  • Ulcers or red or white patches anywhere in the mouth that do not heal in three weeks

  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than three weeks

  • Difficulty swallow