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Oral Cancer. The Facts.

Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide?

In Ireland there are approximately 450 cases of oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancers per year with approximately 150 deaths.





Oral cancer is a largely preventable disease.

Smoking and alcohol consumption are associated with 75 to 90% of all cases. Both are risk factors on their own but if both are taken together the risk is significantly increased.

Viruses such as HPV, EBV and HIV are also risk factors.

Signs and symptoms Include:


  • Non healing ulcer

  • Red white speckled areas

  • Red velvety areas

  • Pigmented area or lump

  • Neck lump

  • Difficulties swallowing

  • Persistent sore throat


Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms for more than 3 weeks should seek advice from their dentist or doctor.