Sunday, November 20, 2016
November is Lung and Mouth Cancer awareness month. In order to raise awareness of the two illnesses, we have taken a look at the signs and symptoms you should look out for.
What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, with over 44,000 people being diagnosed every year in the UK alone. It is also one of the most serious types of cancer, with some of the early signs and symptoms of the disease being invisible.
However, when the condition begins to develop, these symptoms tend to present themselves:
- A persistent cough that does not go away after two weeks
- Persistent chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Tiredness or low energy levels
- A cough that gets worse
- Pain when breathing or coughing
What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer is lesser known than lung cancer however can be just as serious. It can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Over 6,000 people have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK in the last year, and the disease is more prominent in men who are over 40 years old.
These are the signs and symptoms to look out for:
- A painless mouth ulcer
- A white or red patch in the mouth
- Any unusual lumps in the mouth
What are the causes of lung and mouth cancer?
Tobacco and smoking are associated causes with both lung and mouth cancer. Smoking cigarettes is linked with more than 85% of all lung cancer cases.
Alcohol is also linked with mouth cancer, and is known for increasing the risk of mouth cancer developing. Smoking and consuming alcohol makes the risk even greater.
What should you do if you are concerned?
If you are concerned about any of the symptoms mentioned above be sure to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
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