Red or white patches
Abnormal looking patches, lumps or spots could be a sign of mouth cancer and your dentist will look out for these during your check-up. Red patches could signal a condition called erythroplakia and white or grey patches may be leukoplakia, which could lead to cancer if untreated.
Sarah explains, “If your dentist spots this, they’ll ask you some questions about your symptoms and your medical history, and then if there are any concerns, they’ll refer you to a GP or doctor specialising in mouth cancer.”
Mouth cancer rates have increased by almost 60% in the last decade1, so it’s important to be aware of any changes. By booking regular check-ups with your dentist, they’ll be able to look out for any issues you haven’t spotted.
If you think you spot these symptoms and they’ve lasted for over two weeks, don’t panic, but ensure you arrange an appointment with your dentist to check it over.