The use of tobacco products greatly increases your risk of mouth cancer.

Mouth Cancer

If in doubt, get checked out!

Look for:

  • Bleeding gums.
  • Mouth ulcers that don’t heal.
  • White or red patches.
  • Any unusual changes in the mouth.


  • 5000 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK.
  • Mouth cancer cases have increased by more than 17% over the last 4 years.
  • One death every 5 hours in the UK!

If spotted early you have a 90% chance of survival.

Smoking or chewing tobacco can also:

  • Damage teeth and gums.
  • Cause bad breath.
  • Lead to stained teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss.
  • Cause loss of taste and irritate the gums.

Both tobacco and alcohol use increases the risk of developing mouth cancer.
If you want support to quit smoking or just want to find out more – contact your local stop smoking service:

  • Nottingham City New Leaf 0800 561 2121
  • Nottinghamshire Smokefreelife 0800 2465343

What’s in a unit?

Government guidelines state that…
Women should have no more than 2 – 3 units a day on a regular basis.

Men should have no more than 3 – 4 units a day on a regular basis.

Are you concerned how much you or someone you know is smoking?

There are lots of services available to support you:

  • Last Orders 0800 055 6184
  • APAS 0845 7626316
  • Nottingham City Young People Support at 0115 924 8232
  • Nottinghamshire New Directions - Newark