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1 – 30 November 2015 is Mouth Cancer Action Awareness Month.

Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

Throughout November The British Dental Health Foundation will be aiming to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their dental professional.

Watch this short video by Hollywood actor Michael Douglas taking about oral cancer from his own personal experience.

In the UK, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years – that’s why Mouth Cancer Action Month is so important.

Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for. The campaign is all 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.

Did you know that at Far Headingley Dental Care your dentist looks for the signs of mouth cancer at every dental check up you attend? In the UK 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. You might think that with the number of people living in the UK, the chances of it affecting you are slim. Mrs Precious personally picked up the early signs of oral cancer in one of her patients. The patient was referred to a doctor and the condition was confirmed. Treatment was provided and the patient recovered. Spotting the signs early for this patient before the cancer had chance to develop, probably saved their life.

Please don’t put off your regular dental examinations. They are important for more than just your teeth and gums.

You can get involved with the BDHF’s Blue Lip Selfie campaign and show your support for mouth cancer awareness by posting your own #bluelipselfie on social media. Don’t forget to post it on our social media pages too!

For more information about the campaign please visit the website: www.mouthcancer.org.

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