About 8,000 new cases in UK men a year 


Possible symptoms:

  • Mouth ulcers that won’t heal. 
  • Soreness in the tongue or mouth.
  • Red or white patches in the mouth or throat.
  • Discomfort when chewing or swallowing. 
  • A lump in the lip, mouth or throat. 

Lifestyle risk factors: 

    • Smoking or chewing tobacco. 

  • Drinking alcohol (especially harmful if combined with smoking).
  • Being overweight.

  • Exposure to human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be transmitted through oral sex, may also be a risk factor.