Oxfordshire fire service promotes screening event, as new mouth cancer figures set alarm bells ringing

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Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is promoting a free mouth cancer screening event at the service headquarters to encourage people to get checked out.

The headquarters in Kidlington will serve as a base for free screening on Wednesday 7th November, with appointments available between 9.30am and 4pm. The screening session has been organised by Community Dental Services, the county’s oral health improvement team. The aim is to try and encourage as many local people as possible to pop in and have a quick dental check.

Mouth cancer is one of the fastest growing forms of cancer in the UK, and recently, research published by the Oral Health Foundation revealed an increase in cases of 49 percent in the last decade. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people are unaware of the symptoms, and this means that most cases are not diagnosed until an advanced stage.

The screening event is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of mouth cancer through the Oral Health Foundation’s annual Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign.

Charlotte Iddon, oral health improvement manager, said that mobile screenings are an ideal way to target people who may find it difficult to get to the dentist either as a result of being unable to get around or due to unusual shift patterns.

Everyone is invited to attend the drop-in session at the fire service headquarters and no appointment is necessary.

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