Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign run by the Oral Health Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.
More than 7500 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year in the UK. The disease has grown by a third in the past decade and is predicted to increase further in the coming years… that’s why Mouth Cancer Action Month is so important.
Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.
Three signs and symptoms that should not be ignored are:
- Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
- Red and white patches in your mouth
- Unusual lumps or swellings in your mouth, or around your head and neck area.
The campaign is all about taking action; if you notice any changes in your mouth, please speak to your dentist or doctor immediately as early detection could save your life!
Remember the campaign phrase for Mouth Cancer Action Month:
‘Be Mouthaware – if in doubt, get checked out!’
Mouth cancer takes the lives of more than 2000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. Mouth cancer also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents. Although mouth cancer can affect anybody, around nine in every ten cases are linked to lifestyle and risk factors, such as: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and poor diet. Amending our lifestyle choices, attending regular dental check-ups and maintaining good dental care at home will help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer affects.
Rest assured, our dentists are trained to look for early signs of mouth cancer during routine dental appointments. Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth. Our dentists are looking for subtle changes in your mouth lining, so it is important that you have regular check-ups so that changes can be noticed, as well as for your overall dental and general health.