Berkshire dentists team up with Cancer Research UK to tackle rising oral cancer rates

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Dentists in Berkshire have joined forces with Cancer Research UK to tackle rising rates of oral cancer.

Dentists from surgeries across the county are working with the charity to try and improve diagnosis methods and raise awareness of the symptoms and warning signs of mouth cancer. The dentists have teamed up with a specialist team from Cancer Research UK to improve their abilities to spot early signs and hopefully, ensure more people are diagnosed at an early stage when cancer is much more treatable.

Recently, dental professionals from 13 clinics in the area attended a workshop at Slough’s Wexham Park Hospital, which was aimed at encouraging dentists to raise awareness of oral cancer symptoms and causes as part of their day to day job. The charity is hoping to give dentists confidence when talking to patients about oral cancer and identifying possible symptoms of the deadly disease. Cancer Research UK is also working with dental practices to encourage more people to attend regular checks and oral cancer screening sessions. The charity has also joined forces with the British Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Practitioners to develop an online ‘toolkit’, which is designed to provide easy access to guidelines and advice for dentists.

The Cancer Research UK Research Facilitator programme is funded by fundraising activities and donations.

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