November is Mouth Cancer Action Month

Mouth Cancer Action Month reaches around 60 million people each year helping to raise awareness about early detection and prevention of mouth cancer. During Mouth Cancer Action Month we are aiming to raise awareness of the disease to help increase the rates of prevention and detection amongst our patients and in the local community.

Early detection gives patients a 90% chance of survival. Delayed diagnosis means that survival rates drop to just 50%. Did you know that at every examination we check your mouth for any signs of mouth cancer? We do complimentary mouth cancer screening throughout the year, so if you ever have any concerns about possible symptoms in between your routine visits then please get in touch with us.

So what are the symptoms?

  • Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips.
  • Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer, as can any unusual lumps or swellings.
  • Be mouthaware and look for changes in the mouth.
  • It is important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.

What are the possible causes of mouth cancer?

    • Two thirds of mouth cancer cases are linked to smoking tobacco
    • A morning cigarette doubles the chances of developing the disease
    • Smokeless tobacco use can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer by 15 times
    • Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to around a third of all cases
    • Those who smoke and drink to excess put themselves at risk by up to 30 times
    • The human papillomavirus (HPV), transmitted via oral sex, is estimated to overtake smoking as the number one cause of mouth cancer in the future.

And finally, did you know that an estimated 56% of mouth cancer in the UK is linked to eating fewer than five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.So to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and to help everyone get their 5 a day we are giving away an apple a day to all of our patients throughout November.

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