Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place every November with the purpose of raising awareness of mouth cancer and making a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention. By educating people about mouth cancer and the importance of seeing a dentist on a regular basis, we can hope to improve people’s understanding of the risk factors, signs and symptoms associated with mouth cancer.
Whilst there are many risk factors associated with mouth cancer, including tobacco use, alcohol, HPV, diet and environment, mouth cancer can affect anyone. In the UK alone, over 7,000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and the disease has grown by a third in the last 10 years. The worrying news is that it is one of very few cancers that are predicted to increase further in years to come. These facts and figures are why raising awareness of mouth cancer is so vital - we need to take action!
Early detection saves lives
As well as learning more about the risk factors linked with mouth cancer and working to live a healthier lifestyle, visiting your dentist regularly is very important. In a routine dental check-up, as well as carrying out a full smile examination and assessment of the health of your teeth and gums, your dentist will also perform an oral cancer check. We recommend that you visit your dentist at least twice a year.
It's important to note, that if you do notice any changes in your mouth, rather than waiting for your next dental appointment, you should talk to your dentist or doctor immediately. Early detection of mouth cancer could save your life, so never ignore any strange lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth. Should you suffer with a mouth ulcer for more than three weeks, you should see a dental or medical professional immediately. Mouth cancer takes more than 2,000 lives in the UK each year, so by raising awareness of the disease, we can help to save more lives through earlier detection. The sooner diagnosis can be made, the better the chances of survival are.
If you have any questions about mouth cancer or would like to arrange an appointment, please call us on 020 7091 0677.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved with Mouth Cancer Action Month, which you can learn more about here.