CASES of mouth cancer are on the up in the US and experts have warned that more people are battling with the disease than cancers such as testicular and cervical.
There are 35 diagnosed cases of head and neck cancers per 100,000 people every year in the US, two-thirds of which are men.
The Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (HNCF) states that every day in the US, 31 people receive the devastating news that they have been diagnosed with a head and neck cancer. According to the NHS mouth cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the world.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many people have felt uncomfortable going to their GP. It was previously revealed that one in three people had been put off going to their GP and experts have warned that this could create a “ticking cancer time bomb”.
That’s why it’s more important than ever that you know the signs of mouth cancer, and the HNCF has devise a simple 60 second check that could save your life by detecting cancer early.
1. Look at your face
Michelle Vickers, CEO of HNCF said early diagnoses can “greatly improve” survival rates. She said the first place to start is to look at your face and look for any swelling that isn’t usually there.
Michelle added: “Inspect your skin, do you have any moles that have become larger or started to itch or bleed? “Don’t forget to turn your head from side to side, this stretches the skin over the muscles making lumps easier to see.”
Looking at your face in the mirror can help you spot any new marks or lumps.
2. Feel your neck
Next on the list is to feel your neck and Michelle said the best way to do this is to run the fingers under the jaw and feel along the large muscle either side of the neck using the balls of your fingers.
She said that you need to be checking for any lumps or swollen areas and if everything feels the same on both sides.