November – Mouth Cancer Action Month
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.
Throughout November, we aim to raise awareness to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage. By increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms to encourage everyone to discuss these with their dental professional.
The importance of Mouth Cancer Action Month
In the UK, more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and globally there are in excess of 300,000 new cases every year.
The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.
Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anyone – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for. The campaign is all about taking action and promoting the messages:
• 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. If you notice any changes in your mouth speak to a dentist or doctor immediately.
Oral cancer screening is included in part of your routine examination appointments with us , please let us know if you experiencing any unusual changes in your mouth.