HUDDERSFIELD people are being warned not to ignore mouth ulcers.
The call comes as national mouth cancer month gets underway.
People are being urged to watch out for signs of the disease including ulcers, red or white patches, numbness, lumps or swellings that refuse to go away.
It can affect the lips, tongue, gums, floor of the mouth, cheeks or palate.
Consultant maxillofacial surgeon David Sutton, of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, stressed how important it is to detect the condition early.
He said: “Mouth cancer is becoming more common. It affects more people in the UK than cervical cancer, but if caught early enough it is very curable.
“If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your GP or dentist promptly.”
The illness affects 5,000 people in the UK and kills 2,000 each year.
People are being urged to check for the following symptoms:
An ulcer or white or red patch in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks.
A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than three weeks.
Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.