Symptoms of mouth and oropharyngeal cancer include a mouth ulcer that doesn't heal or a swelling or lump in the neck. 

Risks and causes

We don't know what causes most mouth or oropharyngeal cancers. But there are some factors that can increase your risk of developing it. 

Getting diagnosed

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms and they might examine you. They may arrange tests or a referral to a specialist.

Stages, types and grades

The stage, type and grade of your cancer help your doctor decide which treatment you need.


Your treatment depends on where in your mouth or oropharynx your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. 


Find out about survival for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer.

Research and clinical trials

All treatments must be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard treatment for everyone.

About advanced mouth cancer

Find out about advanced mouth and oropharyngeal cancer and how it might affect you.

Living with mouth and oropharyngeal cancer

Getting practical and emotional support can help you cope with your diagnosis, and life during and after treatment.

Last reviewed: 
22 May 2018
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