DARLINGTON MOUTH CANCER SURVIVOR STEPS OUT FOR CHARITY

FRIDAY 24TH MAY 2013

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Interviews Available:    Mouth Cancer Walk Participant George Wyatt 

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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!”

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi

Mouth Cancer Survivor George Russell Wyatt, 38, a Health Care Assistant from Darlington, is taking part in the 8th annual Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk for the 7th time this year.

George was diagnosed with tongue cancer in June 2004 when he found a white spot which then turned into a small growth. A month later he underwent a surgery to remove half of his tongue and reconstruct it with a flap from his left wrist. Following the surgery, he had 20 radiotherapy sessions before he was given the all-clear.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk takes place at 13:00 Sunday 29th September 2013, in Hyde Park, London.   People travel from all over the country to spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancers early, spot the signs and know the symptoms. 

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

Dr Joshi continues The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. To sponsor George, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GeorgeWyatt.

 

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Elizabeth Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions 020 8940 2222

 

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.   

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