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It's Mouth Cancer Awareness Week 2009, so why not take this opportunity to find out what you can do to lower your risk of developing head or neck cancer.
According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation| , the number of cases of mouth cancer in young people is rising. Drinking and smoking increases the risk of mouth cancers and students are being warned against binge drinking and smoking. Individuals indulging in both face a 30 times greater risk than abstainers.
'In its very early stages, mouth cancer can be almost invisible, making it easy to ignore. Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area,' says the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
The most common symptoms of head and neck cancer include:
Make sure you're aware of the causes and risk factors of mouth cancer by checking out our information about types of head and neck cancer| , including details about diagnosis and treatment, and the after effects of surgery.
Treatment for mouth cancer can have side effects including altering what you can eat, the way you look and how you speak. If you've been affected by any type of head and neck cancer, you might like join our online community group| and share your experiences with others.
You can also join in the discussion about mouth cancer on Macmillan's Yahoo! Answers thread| .
If you have any questions about Macmillan we would love to hear from you| .
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