ARE DENTISTS REALLY CARRYING OUT THOROUGH MOUTH CANCER EXAMINATIONS IN ROUTINE PRACTICE? FIND OUT DURING THE CHARITY’S LIFE-SAVING PRESENTATIONS AT DENTAL SHOWCASE

THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2013

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  • MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION CONSULTANT – NICKI ROWLAND

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The Mouth Cancer Foundation is presenting its life-saving ‘two minutes to save a life’ presentation to delegates attending this year’s BDTA Dental Showcase.  

Dental practices in the UK should be performing thorough mouth cancer checks on their patients.  This quick, detailed examination that takes just 120 seconds, yet very few patients are aware they should receive this at least once a year and it is suspected that some dental practices are still not doing it.

The charity’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is successfully raising awareness amongst both patients and dental practices.  Delegates can learn more about the scheme and hear Mouth Cancer Foundation Consultant Nicki Rowland speak about the importance of routine head and neck cancer examinations in the fight for early detection.   Visit the charity on the Panadent, DPAS, Henry Schien and Dental Focus stands. 

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme calls for every dental practice in the UK to be carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer screen as part of regular check-ups.  The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations in order to increase early detection rates and save lives. 

Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as a wealth of professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

The founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “Carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer examination at routine appointments will save lives.  The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists and everyone working in a dental practice to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients.  This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier.  Head and neck cancers are particularly 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 scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC For more information please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via info@mouthcancerfoundation.org or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.

 

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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.   

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.  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. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.

Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

  

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