CHARITY TO GIVE CASH BOOST TO HEAD AND NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2014

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:   

  • FOUNDER OF THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION – DR VINOD JOSHI

 To set up an interview and for more information please call Media Ambitions on 0208 940 2222.

Do you run or attend a head neck cancer support group?

Are you a health professional working with patients affected by head and neck cancers?

Share your achievements and be in with the chance of winning £1500!

Today, the Mouth Cancer Foundation, one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, is pleased to launch the third edition of its biannual Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards.

As support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychological needs by patients affected by head and neck cancers, the charity will now offer grants of up to £3000* to the most dedicated support groups which provide local support beyond diagnosis and treatment.

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Joshi says “The charity has a lot of success working with many local head and neck cancer support groups across the UK and feel it is important to acknowledge their hard work and achievements.  The awards celebrate those valuable efforts. They are granted to enable support groups to carry out a wider range of helpful projects that ultimately allow them to offer increased support to more patients”.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Groups Awards are open to all support groups or projects across the country that work with and support people solely affected by head and neck cancers. They will highlight that local support has a positive impact on the quality of life of patients, their families and carers.

For more information about the Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards or to request an application form, please email info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

-ENDS-

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards

*Prize values will be awarded as follows:

Gold Support Award - £1500

Silver Support Award - £1000

Bronze Support Award - £500

Various smaller grants available.

Terms and conditions apply.  The judge’s decision is final.

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.  The charity’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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