November is National Mouth Cancer Action Month

Mouth Cancer Action Month is held in November every year and is supported by the Mouth Cancer Foundation

Mouth Cancer is a Real Threat

Mouth cancer causes more deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or melanomas. Mouth cancer patients suffer greatly owing to disabilities such as facial deformity, loss of teeth and damage to the tongue and throat, with consequent difficulty in talking and eating in public places. Yet they do not receive the attention and support that other cancer sufferers do.

Mouth Cancer Causes


Around 60,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.


Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer.


Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times.


Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.


Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.


Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.

How To Check For Mouth Cancer

Show Your Support

Show Your Support and Get Involved


#BlueLipSelfie is a fun, positive campaign which helps raise awareness of mouth cancer. #BlueLipSelfie encourages everyone to wear blue lips as a visible sign of support for mouth cancer.

Whether you choose cartoon lips in the #BlueLipSelfie app, blue lipstick or plastic lips, you can helps us boost awareness of this disease, its symptoms, its risk factors, and how to minimise risk. 

Blue Ribbon Badges

This year, we are urging everybody to wear a blue ribbon badge with pride. More than 250,000 of you have worn one in the last three years.

We ask you to wear a blue ribbon badge, not only during November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, but all year around. Despite the number of cases increasing, awareness of mouth cancer remains alarmingly low. 

Support and Buy Blue Items Here

Blue Wednesday

For this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, we’re asking everyone to show their support by making Wednesday 13 November ‘Blue Wednesday’.

You can buy a blue ribbon badge, pick out something blue to wear or put on a bright blue lipstick.

Do something blue, show your support and help us raise awareness of mouth cancer.

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