Larry Hagman, aka JR Ewing, from the 80s hit soap Dallas, died from cancer of the tongue. Larry was diagnosed with the disease in October 2011.
About 8000 people have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK (this year?) and without early treatment about half can expect to die. Early diagnosis is therefore extremely important, as is reducing your risks by stopping smoking and using alcohol only in moderation.
We take care to routinely screen all our patients, not only for mouth cancer, but any one of a zillion conditions that can manifest in the mouth.