If you live an exuberant lifestyle in Leeds and you love to push the boat out, love smoking, drinking and fast foods, then you could be heading for a fall at some point in your life and be exposing your mouth to the threat of oral cancer. This disease as you may well know is far from being cured, whatever money is thrown at it, which rather suggests that no-one knows why it strikes in some people and not in others, but certainly, bad habits like the above will not help the cause. It is also wise to be aware of the symptoms. Generally anything that continues to linger is a threat: sore throat, ulcers, jaw and earaches and problems with swallowing certainly need looking at as soon as is possible because one of ways of beating the disease is to have it diagnosed and then treated early. The treatment of chemo, physical or radiotherapy will be quite severe on the body and your already bruised mind, so you need to get yourself ready for it and have people, both professional and social, waiting for you when you get out and ready to help you through it. When you come through the recovery stage and get yourself back to ‘normal’, it is probably time that you sat down and took a long hard look at the lifestyle that got you in this mess and then turn it around- it’s a simple equation: just do everything completely opposite to what you used to!