Kirriemuir Dental Practice Promotes Regular Check-Ups For Mouth Cancer Action Month
A dental practice in Kirriemuir is promoting regular dental check-ups as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month.
The Kirriemuir Dental Practice is supporting the British Dental Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign, which has been running throughout the month of November. Members of staff at the dental practice are promoting regular check-ups to try and ensure that any cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed at an early stage.
Aisling Hanly, practice manager, said that last year’s campaign reached around 35 million people, but there is still a lot of work to do to ensure that the public is aware of mouth cancer and its causes and symptoms.
Hanly said that mouth cancer has become increasingly prevalent over the course of the last decade and although the disease kills thousands of people every year, many are still unaware of the causes, risk factors and symptoms of mouth cancer. Research shows that up to four in five people are unaware of the symptoms and staff at the practice are eager to educate patients about the warning signs they should be looking out for. Regular dental checks are one of the most important means of spotting cancer early.
Smoking and having alcohol are the major risk factors for mouth cancer and people who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to suffer from the disease than non-smokers and people who do not drink.
Hanly advised patients to watch out for slow-healing sores, red or white patches in the mouth and abnormal lumps or swellings in the mouth or throat and encouraged the public to attend a regular check-up every 6 months.
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