The most common type of lip cancer begins in the squamous cells, the thin, flat cells that line the lips and mouth. Lip cancer symptoms are very similar to those of other types of oral cancer. It can often be mistaken for a cold that won’t go away, or a persistent toothache. Other symptoms and signs include, A sore in the mouth that does not heal, Persistent mouth pain, A lump or thickening in the cheek, A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away.
Oral cancer is the 14th most common cancer in the UK (2012), accounting for 2% of all new cases. In males, it is the 10th most common cancer (3% of all male cases), whilst it is the 15th most common cancer in females (1% of all new cases). In 2012, there were 7,316 new cases of oral cancer in the UK: 4,897 (67%) in men and 2,437 (33%) in women, giving a male:female ratio of around 20:10. The crude incidence rate shows that there are 16 new oral cancer cases for every 100,000 males in the UK, and 8 for every 100,000 females.