Information from Cancer Research UK
Jim, a 62-year-old lorry driver, presented to his GP after noticing an increasingly painful mass on his tongue. He had not been to a dentist in over 20 years and has poor dental health. Read more ›
Owen, a 49-year-old architect, noticed a painless lump in the right side of his neck. He has previously seen a dentist who did not examine the neck, and a partner in the GP practice who suspected an inflamed lymph node and prescribed antibiotics 6 weeks ago. Read more ›
Eleanor, a 55-year-old carer, changed her dentist due to the retirement of her previous one. The new dentist noticed a 2x3 cm regular white patch on the lateral border of the tongue. Read more ›
The images are for illustrative purposes only and the persons shown are models.
Cancer Research UK would like to acknowledge the following clinicians for their invaluable input into the development of the Oral Cancer Recognition Toolkit:
Professor Richard Shaw, Professor Peter Brennan, Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya, Dr Afsana Safa, Mr Craig Wales, Professor Mark McGurk, Professor Crispian Scully and Dr Nigel Carter.
This practical tool illustrates the red flags which should prompt referral to secondary care via a suspected cancer pathway.View referral decision guide
Some of the risk factors associated with oral cancer include:
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