Walking for mouth cancer

There is still time to join the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s 8th annual FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk which takes place at 1.00pm Sunday 29 September 2013, in Hyde Park, London.

People travel from all over the world to take part in the walk designed to increase awareness and generate much needed funds that allow the charity to provide support for mouth cancer patients and carers.

In the UK, nearly 8,000 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year. Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these mouth cancers can be easy to ignore.

Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, said: ‘Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required. With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically.

The Mouth Cancer 10km Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers and a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.’

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10km Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. Don’t delay and sign up today!

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