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.MC13

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)

Use the correct formsMC14


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.