Northwich dental practice offers free screening to support Mouth Cancer Action Month

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A dental practice in Northwich, Cheshire, is offering free screening to support this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign.

Abbey Dental, which is located in Regency Way, Kingsmead, will be hosting two sessions on Friday 23rd and Friday 30th November. Both sessions will be available to registered patients, as well as new patients who wish to sign up with the practice. The screening check will last around 10 minutes, and is completely painless.

Dentist, Robert Handley, said that many people are unaware of mouth cancer, despite the fact that it’s more deadly than other forms of cancer. In the UK, mouth cancer has killed more people than testicular and cervical cancer combined. The free screening sessions are designed to raise awareness of oral cancer and encourage people to be vigilant and keep an eye on their mouths. Symptoms to look out for include unexplained oral pain and bleeding, lumps and swelling in the mouth or throat, red or white patches in the mouth, difficulty swallowing and slow-healing mouth ulcers.

Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat, and checks involve non-invasive examinations of the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums.

Mouth Cancer Action Month will run throughout November. The annual campaign, which is organised by the Oral Health Foundation, aims to educate people about the causes and symptoms of mouth cancer and encourage patients to see their dentist on a regular basis. By raising awareness, dentists are hoping that more cases can be prevented or diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more successful.

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