Plymouth Students Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Oral Cancer

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Students from the Peninsula Dental School and Stoke Damerel Community College have joined forces to raise awareness of oral cancer.

The students worked together to carry out a presentation about how lifestyle factors are linked to oral cancer, a disease that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK and affects more younger people than ever before.

The presentation highlighted symptoms, causes and risk factors to try and educate people about how their lifestyle affects their health and inform then about the signs they should be looking out for. Being aware of the warning signs enables patients to see their dentist or doctor and get the treatment they need as early as possible.

Students created bright, colourful posters and handouts to raise awareness of oral cancer and encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Symptoms to look out for include red and white patches in the mouth, lumps in the throat or mouth and sores or ulcers that take a long time to heal.

Figures from the South West Public Health Observatory reveal a significant increase in the number of oral cancer cases and in 2000 there were 444 cases in comparison to 671 in 2010.


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