Referral pathways

Each area has a referral pathway for suspected mouth cancer cases. Use the local pathway and seek help if necessary.

If you suspect mouth cancer, then refer.white legions under tongue

If you can refer directly, then:

Refer to a maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine department


Use an urgent suspected cancer pathway

If you cannot refer directly then,

Refer to a dentist or doctor

In all cases:

Mark it as urgent

Follow up the referral (if you have not heard back in 10 days then follow up the case)

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If you see a lesion or an ulcer but are not immediately suspicious, remember to follow it up to check it has healed. If you are unsure, get a second opinion. 



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