Jacqui Alland from Hull lost both her father and her best friend to mouth cancer and now has an annual screening appointment.
She says early detection of oral cancer is crucial in fighting the condition.
Leah Finlayson from Addingham in West Yorkshire says she was "stunned" to be diagnosed with tongue cancer.
She is urging people to highlight any suspected symptoms with GPs and dentists to raise awareness of the disease.
It's not likely to be top of anyone's to-do list, but a trip to the dentist could save your life.
November is mouth cancer awareness month and dentists are being asked to carry out thorough checks for signs of the disease.
There are calls for dental practices across the region to perform thorough mouth cancer checks on their patients.
It's as new figures show that there was a 50 per cent rise in the disease between 1999 and 2007. This month has been dedicated to raising awareness of the symptoms.
- 5,40, new cases in 2007. Predicted to 9,000 in 2030
- 87% cases occur in the over 50 age group
- Becoming more common in younger people
- Mortality rates are around 50% despite treatment