According to the Oral Health Foundation, organisers of Mouth Cancer Action Month, more than 7,500 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year in the UK. What’s more, around seven people in the UK lose their life to the disease every day.
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign that aims to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by raising awareness of the risk factors as well as signs and symptoms, while also encouraging people to discuss them with their dental professional.
The hope is that, by working together to engage and educate members of the public and promoting healthy lifestyles, the incidence of mouth cancer can be reduced and the general health and wellbeing of millions of people across the UK can be improved.
This November, the Oral Health Foundation is asking for your help. The charity is looking for dental professionals to reach out to patients and their local communities to spread the message of mouth cancer; cases of which are rapidly increasing.
Through the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign, dental professionals are being encouraged to promote the benefits of good oral health for our overall health to patients and spread the message that treatment is more likely to be successful the earlier mouth cancer is picked up.
Despite having an increasing incidence rate, mouth cancer awareness is worryingly low in the UK. The main message of Mouth Cancer Action Month is: ‘If in doubt, get checked out’.
All together now
There are a number of ways to make a difference during Mouth Cancer Action Month, and most of them are very easy. Keep your eyes on this website over the duration of November for ideas on how you can show your support.
So, whether you are looking to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month or would just like to learn more about the campaign, visit the dedicated website to pledge your support and receive your free Mouth Cancer Action Month 2016 registration pack.
This month, take that extra step and do something special for Mouth Cancer Action Month.