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Cancer of mouth now on the rise among men

By Jane Kirby

Published 10/11/2015

Mouth cancer - which is linked to poor diet, drinking and smoking - is now the 10th most common cancer in men, according to new figures.

Data released by Cancer Research UK showed around 7,300 people were diagnosed with oral cancer (commonly called mouth cancer) in the UK in 2012.

Twice as many men (around 4,900) as women (2,400) were diagnosed with the disease, mostly due to the fact they smoke more.

In 2002, there were nine cases of oral cancer per 100,000 people, rising to 12 per 100,000 in 2012.

Some 2,300 people die from oral cancer in the UK every year - 1,500 men and around 770 women.

Oral cancers include cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth (gums and palate), tonsils and the middle part of the throat (oropharynx).

Symptoms include a sore that does not heal, a lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth, a white or reddish patch on the inside of the mouth, tongue pain, jaw stiffness or difficult or painful chewing.

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