What is Mouth Cancer Action Month?
Mouth Cancer Action Month, sponsored by Denplan and also supported by Dentists’ Provident and the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of a killer disease on the rise. We encourage everyone to follow our campaign message – if in doubt, get checked out.
During the next decade it is estimated that around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease, and without early detection half will die. Worldwide, over 460,000 people are expected to die from mouth cancer each year by 2030.
Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to improve the awareness of the risk factors and signs and symptoms of the disease, as this is the only way of improving survival rate of patients. Tobacco use, drinking alcohol to excess, the human papillomavirus (HPV), transmitted via oral sex and poor diet are all risk factors for the disease.
The campaign is about taking action. Don’t leave that ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore that unusual lump or swelling or red and white patches in your mouth. Early detection could save your life. You can find a screening event near you or tell us if you are holding a screening event here, so don’t rest – take action!
For more information please visit mouthcancer.org.