November is now Mouth Cancer Action month

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The Oral Health Foundation have launched Mouth Cancer Action month in partnership with Mouth Cancer Foundation and the Biritsh Dental Health Foundation. 

Every November, the campaign will be targeting members of the public to be more ‘mouthaware’. The aim is to educate people on the symptoms to look out for, as well as preventative steps they can take to ensure they keep mouth cancer at bay. 

Mouth cancer affected around 8,300 people in the UK last year, with 2,722 people sadly dying from the disease because of late diagnosis. This has increased drastically by 49% over the past 10 years. If caught sooner, mouth cancer can be treated. 

As part of the campaign, the Oral Health Foundation are giving advice on mouth cancer, not only to patients but to dentists too.

This includes:

  • Spotting mouth cancer early on by checking for unusual changes in the mouth.
  • Visiting the dentist as soon as symptoms occur.
  • Understand what can cause mouth cancer and trying to reduce the risks.
  • Stopping smoking and drinking alcohol excessively. 

The hope is that with proper education and building awareness, more lives can be saved from this awful disease. 

For more information on how to get involved and advice if you think you may be affected, visit www.mouthcancer.org

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