100 DAYS TO GO TO THE MOUTH CANCER 10KM AWARENESS WALK

THURSDAY 12TH JUNE 2014 

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today, 12th June, marks the 100-day countdown to the 9th FREE annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk. The walk, which continues to be a huge success for the Mouth Cancer Foundation, is designed to raise awareness and generate much needed funds to support mouth cancer patients and carers.

The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk takes place on Saturday 20th September 2014 in London’s Hyde Park and this year the charity is hoping over 1000 people will come to the capital to celebrate survivorship and shout about how important it is to detect mouth cancer early, know the signs and spot the symptoms.

In the UK there are more than 8000 people diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. The disease can strike anyone at anytime.

Mouth Cancer Foundation People’s Ambassador, Pat Jones, understands the importance of raising awareness of mouth cancer.  Pat lost her daughter, Clare Jones, to tongue cancer at just 23 years old in March 2007.  Now she is on a mission to spread a better understanding and appreciation about this lesser known cancer. Pat says “25% of mouth cancer cases are not associated with any known risk factor, hence the need for vigilance. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity to step out and make a difference.”

Clare was a student at Loughborough University when she was first diagnosed in February 2003.  She then faced an operation to remove the right side of her tongue, reconstruction with a flap from her right forearm and a neck dissection.  By 2007, Clare had secondary bone cancer and bravely went through the treatments offered. It was a difficult time for her and she was very, very scared. She worried about the effects of chemo and fertility but finished her chemotherapy and was looking forward to a better 2007. Unfortunately, the MRI scans showed no change in the size of her cancer, which eventually spread to her brain.  Clare’s family now live with a lifetime of heart break. 

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September!”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. Don’t delay and sign up today!

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Elizabeth Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions 020 8940 2222

Elizabeth@mediaambitions.com

Izabela@mediaambitions.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298. 

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer.  Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.   

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011. 
  • Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
  • Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times.  Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
  • Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
  • Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.
  • Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.
  • Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.

Symptoms include:

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  •   An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 12TH JUNE 2014 

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Today, 12th June, marks the 100-day countdown to the 9th FREE annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk. The walk, which continues to be a huge success for the Mouth Cancer Foundation, is designed to raise awareness and generate much needed funds to support mouth cancer patients and carers.

 

The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk takes place on Saturday 20th September 2014 in London’s Hyde Park and this year the charity is hoping over 1000 people will come to the capital to celebrate survivorship and shout about how important it is to detect mouth cancer early, know the signs and spot the symptoms.

 

In the UK there are more than 8000 people diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. The disease can strike anyone at anytime.

Mouth Cancer Foundation People’s Ambassador, Pat Jones, understands the importance of raising awareness of mouth cancer.  Pat lost her daughter, Clare Jones, to tongue cancer at just 23 years old in March 2007.  Now she is on a mission to spread a better understanding and appreciation about this lesser known cancer. Pat says “25% of mouth cancer cases are not associated with any known risk factor, hence the need for vigilance. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity to step out and make a difference.”

 

Clare was a student at Loughborough University when she was first diagnosed in February 2003.  She then faced an operation to remove the right side of her tongue, reconstruction with a flap from her right forearm and a neck dissection.  By 2007, Clare had secondary bone cancer and bravely went through the treatments offered. It was a difficult time for her and she was very, very scared. She worried about the effects of chemo and fertility but finished her chemotherapy and was looking forward to a better 2007. Unfortunately, the MRI scans showed no change in the size of her cancer, which eventually spread to her brain.  Clare’s family now live with a lifetime of heart break. 

 

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September!”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. Don’t delay and sign up today!

 

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Elizabeth Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions - 020 8940 2222

elizabeth@mediaambitions.com

izabela@mediaambitions.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298. 

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer.  Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.   

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011. 
  • Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
  • Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times.  Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
  • Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
  • Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.
  • Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.
  • Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.

 

Symptoms include:

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  •   An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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