November is Mouth Cancer Action Month
Do you know the signs?
Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November and is a campaign aimed to raised awareness of mouth cancer and help to save thousands of lives through early detection of the disease and prevention.
In the UK alone more than 7,000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years… that’s why Mouth Cancer Action Month is so important.
Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody –that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.
Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth. If you have any concerns about your mouth, or changes which have occurred book a consultation with a dental practice or doctor as soon as possible. Early detection could save your life.
Mouth cancer takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. Mouth cancer also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents. By knowing more about the risk factors, living healthier lifestyles and by learning what to look out we can help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer effects.
To find out more about supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month, and the signs to look out for take a look at the dedicated website http://www.mouthcancer.org/