Mouth cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth; for example, the tongue, gums, tonsils, lining of the mouth, lips and upper part of the throat.
Early signs can often be seen and if mouth cancer is found early, there is a better chance of surviving it.
What affects your risk?
Age & Sex
Mouth cancer is more common in men, 2 in 3 cases are in men, and like most cancers it is more common in older people.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an infection. It’s a very common virus and is usually passed on through close contact, such as sex. HPV can increase the risk of some types of mouth and upper throat cancer.[clear-line]