Older men warned on the dangers of mouth cancer

Older men warned on the dangers of mouth cancer

Older men in rural areas are the focus of this year's Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.

The organisers have said isolated older men are vulnerable because a greater percentage smoke and drink, and they are reluctant to seek medical help.

More than 100 people die every year from mouth cancer - that is greater than the number who die from skin cancer.

Dentist Dr Gillian Smith has said people should be aware of the symptoms.

Symptoms include: ulcers that do not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth, or other unusual changes in the mouth or neck.


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