DENTISTS ACROSS THE UK ARE SIGNING UP TO LIFE-SAVING CHARITY SCHEME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY 2013

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  • DENTIST AND MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITATION SCHEME AMBASSADOR – DR PHILIP LEWIS

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As soon as leading British dentist and Mouth Cancer Foundation Ambassador, Dr Philip Lewis, launched the new Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme to delegates in a packed theatre hall at the BDA Conference and Exhibition on Saturday, the charity started receiving requests from dental practices to sign up to the  national life-saving scheme. 

The Government, through the General Dental Council (GDC), has increased the priority given to the detection of oral cancer, and it is now a recommended topic in continuing professional development (CPD) for dentists.  Dental practices in the UK should be performing thorough mouth cancer checks on their patients and delegates at the BDA conference were eager to find out more about how to screen for oral cancer efficiently. 

From now on the Mouth Cancer Foundation will accredit dental practices when they demonstrate a visible commitment to increasing public awareness of mouth cancer screening to all patients and to establish a documented referral pathway with a local specialist department. Dentists must meet certain criteria and routinely participate in oral cancer screening.  There is a quick, detailed examination that takes just TWO MINUTES.  Dental teams will learn how to perform this exam as well as having access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element.  There are also professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team. 

Dr Philip Lewis says “There was overwhelming support for the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme at the BDA Conference. Mouth Cancer can be deadly and early detection is essential. The Mouth Cancer Foundation has devised 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.”

Dr Vinod Joshi, Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation is the author of the scheme.  He says “the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists 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 Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC.  For more information or to join 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.

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

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

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is supported by:

 

Henry Schein – www.henryschein.co.uk

Henry Schein, a U.S.-based company, entered the U.K. in 1991 as a dental consumables business, and has evolved over the past two decades to be a full-service distributor of health care products and services to dental, medical, and animal health office-based practitioners. Henry Schein UK, affiliate to Henry Schein, Inc., employs over 1000 employees and is based in Gillingham, Kent.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves approximately 775,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralised and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 25 countries.

DPAS – www.dpas.co.uk

DPAS is a leading provider of practice-branded dental plan administration services to practices and their patients in the UK and Ireland. For more information, call 01747 870910 or visit www.dpas.co.uk

ProDentalCPD – www.prodentalcpd.com

ProDentalCPD is a pioneer and one of the world's largest publishers access of online dental continuing professional development (CPD) articles and videos covering the fields of Dentistry, Dental Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Technology.  ProDentalCPD offers high quality verifiable CPD and postgraduate training for the whole dental team.

Dr Philip Lewis - www.wightdental.co.uk

Dr Philip Lewis qualified at Kings College, London in 1977 and has worked in general practice and as a clinical assistant in the hospital service.   He takes a keen interest in postgraduate education, development of the dental team and public awareness of dental issues. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of 2 national dental journals, and maintains active membership of several UK and international dental societies. Philip was voted no. 7 in the 2012 Dentistry Top 50 list of people most influential in the profession.   In addition, he is a long-serving member of the British Dental Association and acts as a media spokesman. He has made many television and radio appearances as well as having numerous articles and interviews published in the Dental and Consumer press. For the past 8 years Philip has been closely involved with the early detection of mouth cancer, lecturing regularly and training dental teams and is an Ambassador to the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Philip Lewis continues to publish regular articles on equipment and products, clinical techniques, patient care and reviews of professional textbooks. He lectures both to the profession and the public on a variety of dentally-related topics.

  

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