Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases of oral cancer in the UK up by more than 50% in the last decade alone. While many cases are linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and sexual activity, it is important to remember that mouth cancer could affect anybody.
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign organised and run by the Oral Health Foundation aimed at getting mouth cancer diagnosed at an early stage. They do this by raising awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms of oral cancer, while encouraging people to discuss them with their dental professional.
This year, the team at The Dental Surgery will continue supporting this campaign by emphasising the impact of good oral health on overall health and wellness with each patient consultation. Every dental and hygiene consultation commences with an extra-oral and intra-oral examination, evaluated in conjunction with your medical history and lifestyle, to determine whether you are at risk of mouth cancer. To see oral mucosal abnormalities that might otherwise have been overlooked, our practice is one of the few practices in the UK that use the VELscope system, a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence visualisation which takes just a few minutes to use and is non-invasive. (Read more on why we use this revolutionary technology here).
As it stands, mouth cancer kills more people every year than both testicular and cervical cancer combined. Sadly, this is largely due to too many patients being diagnosed at a late stage. Early detection results in a survival outcome of 90%, but delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%.
How can you join us in raising awareness?
Six in ten of us know somebody with cancer. One in four believes they are at risk from mouth cancer.
- Schedule and attend regular dental visits and encourage your friends and family to do the same (click here to view last minute availability or contact us to book an appointment).
- Conduct self-assessment checks on a regular basis and notify your dentist of any changes that you find (click here for guidelines on self-examination).
- Join us on the 16th of November for “Blue Wednesday” – pick out something blue (maybe from a charity shop that raises money for cancer), collect a blue ribbon pin from The Dental Surgery, wear it on the day and share on social media with the hashtag #bluewednesday to show your support.
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