Mouth Cancer Action Month
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign which helps to raise awareness of mouth cancer and thrives to make a difference by saving lives through early detection and prevention tips.
In the month of November, everyone at the British Dental Health Foundation are aiming to get more mouth cancer cases diagnosed in early stages, and to push the prevention and risk factors to increase awareness and decrease the number of lives lost each year from this deadly disease.
Mouth cancer has been known to be more common in those over 40, and are male. However, research is showing that younger people and women is becoming more common. In the last year, a shocking 6,967 people have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK alone, which has increased more than a third in the past decade, and sadly more than 1,800 people lose their life to mouth cancer every year.
Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips. In most cases, mouth cancer is linked to tobacco and alcohol consumption and if they are consumed together the risks are even higher. Keep an eye out for sores that don’t heal, a painless mouth ulcer that doesn’t heal, or any white or reddish patches in your mouth and seek a doctor if you experience any of these.
To be certain to detect mouth cancer early, it’s a necessity to visit your dentist regularly where they can spot it in its early stages, and if they find anything usual, you will be referred to a local hospital where they will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and throat.
Tips on how to prevent mouth cancer from developing is to check your mouth when brushing your teeth to keep a lookout for any unusual changes, and to visit your dentist regularly even if you wear dentures or implants, and be sure to report any red or white patches or ulcers of which have not healed within 3 weeks.
When exposed to sun, it is important to wear a good protective sun lotion or barrier cream on your lips, and plenty of fruit and vegetables help the body to protect itself in general, from most cancers.
Cut down on your smoking and alcohol, and stay mouth aware.
How can you get involved? Give the Mouth Cancer Action Month fundraiser page a visit here to see how you can take part in this great campaign, where they offer loads of ways in which you can get involved, along with all the resources in their online shop to help make it as successful as can be.
Or if you simply just want to donate to this great cause, visit their donation page to see what works best for you.
Together we can save lives.