300 New Cases of Mouth Cancer in Ireland Every Year
Figures show that there are 300 new cases of mouth cancer every year in Ireland.
Research also suggests that less than half of those diagnosed with mouth cancer survive for more than five years after diagnosis. The figures were released by the National Cancer Registry in Ireland to coincide with the launch of Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.
According to the National Cancer Registry in Ireland, many cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage and this is why survival rates are low. If mouth cancer is diagnosed during the early stages the prognosis is much better and dentists and doctors are urging patients to look out for the early warning signs of oral cancer, which include slow healing sores, white or red patches in the mouth and abnormal swellings or lumps in the mouth or throat.
Professor Leo Stassen, a consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Dublin Dental School and Hospital and St James’ Hospital, said that mouth cancer is becoming more common, especially amongst younger people and suggested that the Health Service Executive should do more to raise the profile of mouth cancer and encourage people to look out for symptoms of the potentially deadly disease.
The aim of Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is to raise awareness of mouth cancer and inform people of the signs and symptoms they should be looking out for. Dentists and health professionals will also be encouraging patients to attend screening sessions for oral cancer and free screening appointments will be available at dental practices across the country.
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