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Mouth Oral Cancer

Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer

Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK today (Wednesday).

Mouth cancer rates soar over 20 years

A new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68 per cent in the UK over the last 20 years.

Spotting symptoms – a personal story about oesophageal cancer

You may have seen reports this week that people with mouth and oesophageal cancers are leaving it longer between first noticing a symptom and visiting their GP compared to...

Cancer Research UK plays down 'inconsistent' evidence for mouthwash cancer link

A claim by Australian scientists that alcohol-containing mouthwashes can cause oral (mouth) cancer and should be available only on prescription has been played down by...

HPV pushes oral cancer cases past 6,000 a year

The number of oral cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK has risen above 6,000 for the first time, new figures from Cancer Research UK show today.

Drinking culture blamed for 'appalling' rise in alcohol-related cancers

There has been a significant increase in cancers which are linked to alcohol over the past ten years, according to figures requested by the Liberal Democrats.

HPV predicts survival in tonsil and tongue cancers

When the human papillomavirus (HPV) is found in cancer tumours of the tonsil and base of the tongue, patients are more likely to survive following treatment.

Cancer Research UK welcomes study into RNA test for mouth cancer

News that American researchers are developing a saliva test for mouth cancer has been welcomed by Cancer Research UK.

Alarming rise in oral cancer rates among forty-somethings

Rates of oral cancers, such as cancers of the mouth, tongue and lip, have increased by around a quarter in the past decade among people in their 40s, according to figures...

Heavy drinkers risking mouth cancer

Heavy-drinking Britons are greatly increasing their risks of mouth cancer, the British Dental Health Foundation has warned.