November is Mouth Cancer Action Month organised by the Oral Health Foundation with the aim of getting more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education of the risk factors, signs and symptoms. In the coming weeks I will be placing a few videos regarding the risks for mouth cancer, and how to minimise them, on our Facebook page.
Mouth Cancer in the UK
In the UK, more than 7,000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years. Mouth Cancer takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. It also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents. By knowing more about the risk factors, living healthier lifestyles and by learning what to look out for you can help reduce your risk of contracting Mouth Cancer.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Early detection is crucial to increase your chances of survival and Mouth Cancer can often be spotted during a thorough mouth examination. If recognised early, then the chances of a cure are good. Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease (most cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol) Mouth Cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important to know what to look out for. Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth. Early detection could save your life.
Get A Full Dental Health Check
If you notice any changes in your mouth please call us immediately and book an appointment to see Farrell, Leigh-Ann or me for a full dental health check.
More Information on Mouth Cancer
For more information on mouth cancer and on mouth cancer action month from 1-30 November 2017 please visit: http://www.mouthcancer.org/