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Mouth Cancer Action Month – George's Story

Three years ago, when George was 82 years old, he noticed a small white patch at the back of his tongue that was very sore.

After visiting his dentist and being referred to a specialist, a biopsy and scan confirmed that George had mouth cancer. Shortly after, he received an operation to remove some of his lymph nodes, which was successful and required no further treatment. George was referred, diagnosed, treated and declared cancer free within three months!

“All the staff involved treated my Dad as an individual, and showed kindness, consideration and care, answering all our questions” said Mandy, George’s daughter.

Three years later, George is still cancer-free and has regular follow up appointments with his consultant team. There is also a specialist nurse available to talk at the end of the phone.

“My father, mother and I are so grateful for all their care shown and my Dad said they saved his life” said Mandy.

George has carried on with his bowling hobby, continues to enjoy life and is able to eat and drink normally.

As November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, George would like people to know that “the diagnosis and operation may be scary, but you can and will get through it.” His operation was 6.5 hours long, where he had lymph nodes removed from the side of his neck, but he was talking a little bit that same evening!

Checking your mouth once a month for any changes can help you spot early signs of mouth cancer, which makes it easier to treat. If you notice a change in your mouth or neck, get it checked by your dentist or GP. Learn more about mouth cancer signs and symptoms: