CHARITY WALK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MOUTH CANCER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – THURSDAY, 5TH MARCH 2015
- WALK ORGANISER – LOUISA MCPHEE
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Guernsey-born dental hygienist is organising a 10KM walk from Pembroke Tea Rooms to La Thomas De La Rue on Sunday, 24th May 2015 to raise much needed awareness and funds for one of the country’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
Louisa McPhee, 29, has decided to take on a challenge and hold the walk as she feels passionate about supporting the charity. As a dental professional, she also understands the importance of raising a greater awareness of mouth cancer which can strike anyone at anytime. She says “I feel that prevention and promotion of oral cancer is a taboo subject. I want people to be aware of the changes which may be happening in their mouth, so they can seek out preventative advice and undergo early screenings.”
The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, says “25% of mouth cancer cases are not associated with any known risk factors, hence the need for vigilance. If you notice a lump in your mouth that wasn’t there before or a mouth ulcer which lasts for longer than 3 weeks, you should see your dentist immediately. The money raised from this challenge will go towards helping improve the support for mouth cancer sufferers and their families, as well as highlighting the shocking facts about mouth cancer.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The Mouth Cancer Foundation – 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.
- 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.
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