FABULOUS FUNDRAISER FROM SHREWSBURY SUPPORTS THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2014
- MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION PEOPLE’S AMBASSADOR – PAT JONES
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Today, one of the country’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation receives a cheque from a Shrewsbury resident, Pat Jones for £4,106.00.
Pat and her family are tireless campaigners for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Recently they have held three fundraising events. Pat and the girls led a ‘Ladies Charity Evening’, her husband Colin and the boys hosted ‘The Clare Memorial Cup Golf Team Challenge’ and Clare’s brother, sister-in-law and friends took part in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon. The recent contribution means Pat and Colin have raised more than £15,000 for the Mouth Cancer Foundation to date.
Pat feels passionate about campaigning for the Mouth Cancer Foundation as her daughter Clare died from tongue cancer at the age of just 23 in April 2007. Pat admits that before her daughter was diagnosed with tongue cancer she knew little about the disease. She is now on a mission to raise as much awareness about this lesser known cancer as she can.
Clare was a student at Loughborough University when she was first diagnosed in February 2003. She then faced an operation to remove the right side of her tongue, reconstruction with a flap from her right forearm and a neck dissection. By 2007, Clare had secondary bone cancer and bravely went through the treatments offered. It was a difficult time for her and she was very, very scared. She worried about the effects of chemo and fertility but finished her chemotherapy and was looking forward to a better 2007. Unfortunately, the MRI scans showed no change in the size of her cancer, which eventually spread to her brain.
Pat says “As in Clare’s case, 25% of mouth cancer cases are not associated with any known risk factor, 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 more than 3 weeks, you should see a dentist or doctor immediately. Hopefully by putting on the fundraising events that we do we are doing our bit to raise awareness for mouth cancers.”
The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “We are grateful to Pat and her family for raising money for our charity. All funds 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. 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.
- 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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