fbpx Skip to main content
CALL US: 01482 323 697
Williamsons News
News

Mouth Cancer Action Month

8 November 2018

Clinical Negligence, News

During November, a charity campaign known as Mouth Cancer Action Month, aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention of the disease.

They hope that by raising awareness of the risk factors and signs and symptoms of the disease, more people will discuss their concerns with their dentist leading to more mouth cancers being diagnosed at an early stage, resulting in a better outcome.

Mouth Cancer Action MonthIn the UK, more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and there are in excess of 300,000 new cases worldwide each year.

Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, human papillomavirus, an unhealthy diet and exposure to UV radiation, mouth cancer can affect anyone.

It is therefore important to know what to look out for.  The campaign is all about taking action and promoting the message “if in doubt, get checked out”:  Three signs and symptoms not to ignore are:-

  • Mouth ulcers which do not heal in three weeks;
  • Red and white patches in the mouth;
  • Any unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck.

Early detection could save your life. If you notice any changes in your mouth speak to a dentist or doctor immediately.

We at Williamsons are dealing with a case on behalf of a lady who suffered a delayed diagnosis of mouth cancer.  She first noticed a sore on the inside of her cheek in 2011.  Despite attending regular dental check-ups and also seeking advice from her GP, the sore was dismissed as being a result of her teeth catching on the inside of her cheek.

After 3 years, the sore began bleeding at night and was also causing our client to avoid certain foods such as crisps and spices because of the pain caused when eating them.  Our client was given a mouth guard but after a few weeks of this not having effect she returned to her GP and was eventually referred for a biopsy.

The biopsy, undertaken approximately 4 years after our client first began to experience symptoms, unfortunately revealed that the sore was a cancerous tumour.

Our client required major surgery as the cancer had spread into lymph nodes and she required chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  The surgery caused damage to the nerves in our client’s neck and right arm leading to ongoing difficulties.

Whilst the dentist and GP in our client’s case should have been aware that the sore could have been a symptom of mouth cancer and investigated much earlier, it is important that patients too are aware of the symptoms of mouth cancer, so any concerns can be directly expressed to their dentist or GP in the hope that earlier action can be taken.

If you have suffered a delayed diagnosis of mouth cancer, please contact our Clinical Negligence Department on 01482 323 697, who have the skills, knowledge and experience to help you win your Clinical Negligence Claim.


Contact Us Back to top
Read some reviews from our clients

4.89 Average

216 Reviews

Mr Leech

I have dealt with williamsons solicitors before and would recommend them unreservedly to anyone ,they are friendly ,efficient, very professional and they get the job done ,all the staff are courteous and nothing is too much trouble . I also really like the fact that hard copies of documents I required where posted to me rather than being emailed once again thank you for a first class service in these difficult times

Lily

Thank you so much Karen for all you did for my family and keeping me and my daughter together. Like also thank you for all your support, understanding and patience. I could get anyone better and experienced than you. Thank you so much.

Eleni N

Great service.Made sure we were aware of what was going on.Friendly and professional people.

Mrs A E

used Williamsons to do a house purchase and a will. they are not the cheapest but did a good job and got the sale through when they said they would. Would recommend.

Benjamin B

Absolutely amazing team! Great help from start to finish and the result was better than expected. Highly recommended.

Linda J

I found Williamsons kept us informed all the way through our claim . I could always speak to someone regarding any queries . The result of the claim was handled efficiently and was very successful .

Judith H

I am very impressed with Williamsons Solicitors. After initial set backs with a Barrister who was not willing to proceed (in his estimation our case did not have enough of a chance of winning) Williamsons did not give up and advised they had approached another Barrister who agreed that our case was good and should be pursued. Williamsons gathered information and evidence very diligently and to good effect - we won our case. If Williamsons had not persisted our case would have fallen at the first hurdle - we are glad we took their advice.

Julie T

I have received an excellent service from Yana Byelova who has been dealing with my claim. Even though these difficult times she has kept us informed every step of the way.

Anonymous

Excellent service, friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff.

Mr Psaras

Friendly, efficient and exceptional service. I will use another of their services soon. Highly recommended.

K S

During a worldwide pandemic Williamsons were superb, i was kept up to date with proceedings, costs, future expectations etc. Using all forms of communiction including Email, telephone, face to face, video chat the knowledge and expertise is second to none and i wouldn't hesitate to use again should i require. I would highly recommend Williamsons for any legal matters their professionalism and helpfulness made my case much smoother, together with the ability to pay stage by stage i cannot stress how great the service was, needless to say my case was resolved to my expectations. I would urge anyone to use Williamsons for legal advice an easy 5 stars with special mention to Paul, Karen and Claire for the service i received from them.

Ms L

I chose Theresa and Toni at Williamsons again for this property purchase because of the care, attention to detail and professionalism they demonstrated last year when I bought another property. I have received a marvellous service again and I feel confident that they will have carefully looked at every detail of the necessary documentation involved in the buying process. Geographically, Williamsons is a long way from the property I have just bought but firms like Williamsons are a rarity and worth seeking out. I thoroughly recommend this company.

Mr & M

Wet happy with the comprehensive and personal service Thank you

Mr and Mrs Betts

Excellent client service- professional and courteous. Thank you to Madeleine.

Anonymous

I chose Williamsons to act as my conveyancers and I have been super impressed with their professionalism and ethics to act on behalf of their client. My process was a long one, due to no fault on Williamsons part, but they never dropped the ball and continued to chase the other party until we got the answers we needed. I would choose them again in a heart beat and recommend their services.

Mr T W

Fantastic service from Williamsons Solicitors especially Rachael Scott who handled everything brilliantly from start to finish. Thank you

Mr Beevers

Happy with the work done on my behalf

Mrs T D

Hello, I had a lovely experience at Williamsons. Alison and Katie made everything really easy for me and were really helpful 2really nice people.

Anonymous

Brilliant service from Williamsons. Very efficient and quick responses to any questions or queries I had. Would highly recommend.

Anonymous

Excellent 5* service. We tragically lost our daughter and we found Williamsons Solicitors who guided us through all the claim process. They are extremely knowledgeable and professional with a personal style that made the journey more manageable. There communication is always prompt. Thoroughly recommend Wayne Walker.

A G

I can well recommend, I have received professional and honest service which lead to positive closure of the case. Always responded with care and fully involvement which gave me more confidence to continue. All advices during the progressing of the case was competent and mirrored current situation.