Changes to look out for include:
- An ulcer or sore in your mouth or on your tongue.
- Persistent discomfort or pain in the mouth.
- A red or white patch in your mouth.
- An unexplained lump in your neck.
- A sore or painful throat.
- A croaky voice or difficulty swallowing.
If you have any of these changes and they last longer than three weeks, you should visit your doctor or dentist quickly.
If you find lumps or ulcers in the mouth, do not panic because they are very common and usually get better and disappear. However, if you get changes that do not get better or disappear after three weeks, it is important that you tell your doctor to check. It is more likely to be something much less serious, but it is better to check early because if it is mouth cancer, it means you will have a better chance of successful treatment.[clear-line]