Awareness call over mouth cancer symptoms
More must be done to raise awareness about the symptoms of mouth cancer experts have said after figures show that patients wait for weeks on end suffering symptoms before seeking medical help.
People with cancers of the mouth and the oesophagus – the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach – are waiting longer between first noticing a symptom and going to their GPs compared to patients with other types of cancers, the new research suggests.
The research also found that oesophageal cancer patients are waiting around three weeks to see their family doctor.
Meanwhile, patients with bladder and kidney cancers wait just two or three days before going to see their GP.