Mouth cancer rates are increasing, but why?
Over the decades, our society has changed enormously – and with it our lifestyles.
And because the rates of many types of cancer are linked to things we do (or not) every day, as well as our jobs and things in our environment, cancer rates have changed too.
November is mouth cancer action month. Mouth cancers are now the tenth most common cancer in UK men, and fifteenth most common in UK women.
That’s compared to thirteenth in men, and seventeenth in women, back in 2002.
To put this in context, the rate of being diagnosed has risen by around a third over that period, increasing from nine cases per 100,000 people in 2002 to 12 cases per 100,000 in 2012.