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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them, and what makes them better or worse. They will also examine you.

Your doctor might arrange tests, or referral to a specialist.

Seeing your GP

How to get the most out of your GP appointment.

Pictures of mouth cancer

These photos give you an idea of what possible mouth cancers can look like, but remember that they might appear differently to this.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a mouth and oropharyngeal cancer specialist.

Screening

Find out what screening is, and why there is no national screening programme for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. 

Tests to diagnose

Find out more about diagnosing mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. Most people will have a biopsy.

Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
08 May 2018

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