It is recommended to seek medical advice if you have patches that are, red, white or mixed red/white in colour, or that may also be ulcerated (ie an area where the lining epithelium is lost), especially when found on “high-risk” sites such as the side (lateral surface), underside of the tongue (ventral surface), floor of mouth, or at the back of mouth/top of the throat (oropharynx).

 

Lesions with a red component carry the highest potential for being premalignant or becoming malignant. However, it is essential to establish an accurate diagnosis for all lesions that raise suspicion.

WHEN SHOULD I SEEK ADVICE FOR A MEDICAL LESION?