Mouth cancer is a dangerous abnormal growth that can affect any part and can appear as often painless ulcers that fail to clear up after two weeks, a growth or swelling which has been present for more than two weeks or as a white or red patch in the mouth.
Most things will not turn out to be cancerous, but if you have any of these signs they should be investigated by going to the dentist immediately.
You are more at risk if you do not eat an healthly diet and you use tobacco (smoked or chewed) and drink too much alcohol, if you do both together there is a higher risk.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of lip and skin cancer.
Regular examinations means that your dentist can detect problems early and if necessary monitor or seek specialist advise.