shutterstock_364590254The Oral Health Foundation has teamed up with The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer support group to provide support and information for carers and survivors at the North of England Head & Neck Cancer Conference.

The two charities are coming together for the conference on Friday 11 November at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

To help raise awareness and knowledge of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer, Dr Chet Trivedy, trustee of the Oral Health Foundation, will be offering oral health checks during the event for everyone that comes through the museum doors with a visual mouth cancer examination.

Speaking about the event, Dr Trivedy said: ‘Many of the people at the event will have had first-hand experience of living with the effects of head and neck cancer and understand the major impact that it can have on people even when they beat this terrible disease.

‘Mouth cancer can affect the most basic elements of people lives by contributing to major problems with breathing, swallowing, eating and drinking. The ability of people to speak can also be dramatically affected and even lost.

‘It goes far beyond physical problems too, as these issues can contribute to depression, difficulties with communication, low self-esteem, social isolation and even severely impact on relationships.

‘This event will be taking place in the middle of Mouth Cancer Action Month, an annual campaign organised by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer.

‘Mouth cancer is one of the few types of the disease which is increasing in incidence and mortality rates and having the ability to reach out to the public at events like this to spread messages of awareness is vital in addressing the continuing effects of mouth cancer.

‘We are delighted to be attending the event and supporting The Swallows support group as they continue their excellent work.’

Spreading awareness

Chairman of The Swallows support group, Chris Curtis, spoke about the aims of the event: ‘At the event we will be showing our support for cancer survivors and challenging them to try and achieve more in spreading awareness of head and neck cancers.

‘This is important as when it comes to mouth cancer an early diagnosis can dramatically increase the chances of a positive outcome. Being able to identify the signs and symptoms of the disease and quickly could mean the difference between surviving or not.

‘We want people to understand that anybody can get mouth cancer, although traditionally linked with smoking and drinking to excess one of the key reasons that cases are increasing is the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is something which most people will have at some stage of their lives so it is important that everybody knows the risks.

‘This event also offers an excellent selection of world renowned speakers who will be aiming to inspire attendees to spread awareness of survivorship.

‘With incidences of mouth cancer rising by a third in the last decade alone our work is becoming even more important, by coming together with the Oral Health Foundation during Mouth Cancer Action Month we hope to reach more people than ever before.’

If you are interested in attending the North of England Head & Neck Cancer Conference, please visit the website for more information.