Oral Cancer Toolkit

Improve your ability to prevent and detect oral cancer

How common is oral cancer?

Average number of cases reported per year in the UK (2010-12) in different parts of the mouth:

How is Oral Cancer presented to GPs and Dentists?

Watch a discussion around diagnosis, referral and initiating difficult conversations with your patients.

Preventing oral cancer

What are the key risk factors for oral cancer and how can it be prevented?

How to recognise oral cancer

Sharpen your lesion recognition skills with this visual guide.

When should you refer a patient along a suspected cancer pathway?

Be aware of the signs and symptoms that should prompt referral.

Talking to your patients about oral cancer

A GP and a dentist discuss different aspects of oral cancer in this video ›

Patient case studies

Learn how you can recognise and manage oral cancer in your patients with these case studies ›

Educational quiz

Test your understanding of the diagnosis and management of oral cancer ›


Explore a set of resources designed for you and your patients  ›


Cancer Research UK would like to acknowledge the following clinicians for their invaluable input into the development of the Oral Cancer Toolkit: Professor Richard Shaw, Professor Peter Brennan, Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya, Dr Afsana Safa, Mr Craig Wales, Professor Mark McGurk, Professor Crispian Scully, Dr Nigel Carter, Dr Bijay Rajlawat and Dr Caroline McCarthy.

Medical knowledge and the legislative framework are constantly changing. As new information becomes available changes in treatment, procedures, equipment and the use of drugs is necessary. The authors and editors have, as far as it is possible, taken care to ensure that the information given in this module is accurate and up to date at the time it was created. However, users are strongly advised to confirm that the information complies with current legislation and standards of practice.

Date of preparation: October 2018