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