Warning issued about lumps in the mouth

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ANYONE who has had an ulcer or lump in their mouth or neck for more than three weeks is being urged to see a medical professional.

Dentist Martin Murray, who works at Westleigh Dental Practice, in Fareham, is giving the advice as today is the start of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Mr Murray said: ‘Mouth cancer is traditionally a disease that affected people aged 50 and over, heavy smokers and those with a high alcohol intake.

‘However in recent years there has been a spike in the occurrence of mouth cancer in younger females in the 20-30 year age group.

‘Scientists are currently trying to identify why this is happening but early indicators are that it could be related to the binge drinking culture.

‘In my own practice, we have seen two cases of mouth cancer already this year. Both patients were unaware they had the condition and it was only detected at their routine dental examination.’

As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, Mr Murray is offering anybody concerned about mouth cancer a free drop-in clinic on Thursday, November 8, from 9am to midday.

The screening is open to all and patients do not need to be registered with the practice.