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.
In the UK, more than 6,700 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 – 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. The campaign is all about taking action. Don’t leave that ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore that unusual lump or swelling or red and white patches in your mouth. Early detection could save your life.
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. Mouth cancer 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 we can help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer affects.
Treatment for Mouth Cancer has a far higher rate of success if detected early. In order to raise awareness of this cancer and to help you spot the signs earlier, we are offering Mouth Cancer screening checks during November for £5. The whole £5 from every screening will be donated to the Mouth Cancer Awareness Charity.
If you are anxious about seeing a dentist for a standard check up but would like to be screened for mouth cancer, then please do book in to see one of our friendly dentists or hygienists. They will do nothing more than just the screening to put your mind at ease. Don’t be afraid – get it checked out.
Regular check ups could not only save your teeth but early detection of mouth cancer could save your life.