Staff at Queensway Dental have been sporting blue lips to show their support for Mouth Cancer Action Month.
Dr Paul Averley said of the initiative: “Mouth cancer does not have the public awareness that other forms of cancer does, yet shockingly it claims more lives every year than testicular and cervical cancer combined. We need to change this.
“Through our initiative we want to spread awareness of mouth cancer, its causes, the signs and symptoms and the role your dentist can play in helping to catch the disease early enough to beat it.”
Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month is aiming to reduce the amount of lives lost to mouth cancer by ensuring we are all aware of the symptoms and causes of the disease.
Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE added: “We are thankful for the support of Queensway Dental. Mouth Cancer Action Month relies on the support of the dental industry and with their support we will save lives.
“Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by almost 40 per cent in the last decade alone. Public awareness remains vital to combatting the disease and through us all being ‘mouthaware’ and spotting mouth cancer early enough, we are giving everyone the best possible chance to be successfully treated and have a good quality of life.
“Survival rates for those with mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years and examination initiatives like this can make a real difference.”
Last year in the UK, more than 7,500 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer. The disease claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined.
Look out for mouth ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth, and unusual lumps or swellings. If you notice any of these, please make an appointment you’re your dentist as soon as possible.
To book an appointment contact the clinic directly on 01642 554 667.
To find out more information about mouth cancer and Mouth Cancer Action Month, please visit www.mouthcancer.org