Raising awareness for mouth cancer

Raising awareness for mouth cancer

19th October 2020 | Dave Fuller

Mouth Cancer Action Month

1st - 30th November 2020

Mouth Cancer Action Month is supported by the British Dental Health Foundation and the Mouth Cancer Foundation and hopes to raise awareness of mouth cancer and how important it is to detect earlier rather than later.

In the last 30 years survival rates have not improved over time. That’s why it’s so important to make as many people aware of it as possible. Surprisingly, even combining testicular and cervical cancers, mouth cancer sadly takes more lives.

“Mouth cancer is one of the few cancers which continues to see the number of cases increase. The number of people being diagnosed with the disease has grown by more than a third over the last decade.

“Being on the frontline in the fight against mouth cancer, your support and participation for campaigns like Mouth Cancer Action Month are crucial.

“The chances are that we all know at least one person who has been diagnosed with cancer and recognise the hurt and pain it can cause both physically and emotionally.

“Mouth cancer has a devastating effect on a person’s life. It impacts areas many of us take for granted, such as our ability to eat, drink or even speak. It also takes a huge psychological and emotional impact by causing problems in communication, low self-esteem, social isolation and affects the family and friends of sufferers.”

“By being ‘Mouthaware’ and spotting mouth cancer early enough, we can give patients the best possible chance to beat mouth cancer and have a good quality of life.”

“We remain enormously thankful and humbled by the continued support shown by the dental community for an increasingly important cause.”

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE

Detection can be sought through symptoms and patients, particularly throughout November, are being urged to keep a check and report any changes that fall in line with the disease. Early detection plays a great part in increasing the survival rate from 50% - 90%.

“Sadly, long gone are the days when dental professionals might see one or two cases of mouth cancer during their career.

“Cases of mouth cancer are rapidly rising and dental teams play a pivotal role in raising awareness of the disease and helping patients to understand the risks and signs.

“Providing mouth cancer checks at routine appointments helps to identify early signs of the disease and gives patients the best chance of successful treatment and survival.

“It also provides you with the ideal opportunity to talk to patients about mouth cancer and to discuss lifestyle choices linked with the disease such as smoking and alcohol, as well as to encourage self-examination at home.”

Chief Dental Officer, Dr Henry Clover.

The Mouth Cancer Action Month provides a surge of oral health teams to spread the word, educate and bring mouth cancer to people’s attention. If you would like to know more or then please go to: https://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

If you have any concerns regarding your oral health or would like to speak to someone about mouth cancer, then please call or email to arrange an appointment 01277 205605 /

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