Lip cancer: what you really need to know
Lip cancer is a type of mouth cancer, which sounds scary, but the good news is that if caught early, it can be treated successfully. Therefore, early diagnosis is essential, dentalhealth.org suggests that ‘with early diagnosis, the chances of survival are nine out of ten’.
If you haven’t heard much about it, you’re not alone; a worrying statistic is that although 88% of the British public have heard of mouth (including lip) cancer, 75% do not know what the main signs and symptoms are. But, according to the Oral Health Foundation, it actually kills more people per year than cervical and testicular cancer combined. So, it really is important to know what to look for and how it differs from other types of cancer.
Signs and symptoms include:
Visible changes in the skin on the lips.
A red patch that becomes crusty, itchy, or bleeds.
Lumps or wart-like growths.
A pale or white skin area that looks like a scar.
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