Mouth cancer campaign launched
This year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign was officially launched yesterday.
The annual campaign, which will run throughout November, is supported by the British Dental Health Foundation and Denplan. Representatives from the organisations will urge dental professionals, pharmacists and doctors to get involve din the campaign and raise the profile of the disease, which kills more people in the UK than cervical and testicular cancer combined.
Oral cancer is becoming increasingly prevalent; one person dies from the disease every five hours in the UK but many people are still unaware of the symptoms and signs they need to look out for and a result of this, many cases are not diagnosed until the disease is at an advanced stage.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of oral cancer and encourage people to visit their dentist on a regular basis.
This year’s campaign will be promoted with the tagline, ‘If in doubt, get checked out’ and dental experts are hoping that more people will attend regular check-ups or visit their dentist or doctor if they do experience symptoms which may be linked to oral cancer. Signs to look out for include sores that take a long time to heal, red or white patches in the mouth and abnormal lumps or swellings in the mouth or throat.
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