Mouth Cancer Foundation will be attending this years Dentistry Show. Found on stand F37, Mouth Cancer Foundation are aiming to teach delegates how to save a life in just two minutes.
Dental practices in the UK should be performing thorough mouth cancer checks on their patients. This quick, detailed examination can take two minutes, yet very few patients are aware they should receive this at least once a year and Mouth Cancer Foundation suspect that some dental practices are still not offering this.
The charity’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is attempting to raise awareness amongst both patients and dental practices by calling every dental practice in the UK to be carrying out a thorough head and neck examination as part of regular check-ups. The scheme is a ‘two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol that every dentist would be able to include in their routine examinations in order to increase early detection rates and potentially save lives.
The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, says 'Carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer examination at routine appointments will save lives. The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists and everyone working in a dental practice to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients. This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier. Head and neck cancers are particularly 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. For more information about the scheme and the charity come and visit us on our stand.'
The scheme is open to any dentist registered with the GDC or any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC. For more information please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via [email protected] or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.