Today is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day. Organised by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies, the campaign is an opportunity for everyone to share messages about the signs and symptoms and risk factors of the disease, as well as where to go if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Over the last year, more than 12,000 people in the UK will be given the news that they have head and neck cancer. These numbers continue to rise. What’s really worrying is that awareness remains extremely low. As a result, far too many head and neck cancers are caught too late. More than 4,000 people lose their life to head and neck cancer in the UK each year, and this is largely down to late diagnosis.
Spotting the signs
It is so incredibly important that everyone is able to spot the early warning signs of head and neck cancer. These include:
Mouth ulcers that do not heal after three weeks.
Red or white patches in the mouth.