HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL STEP OUT FOR CHARITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY 07th AUGUST 2012

Interviews Available:    Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi

                                     Mouth Cancer Walk Participant and Mouthketeers Team Leader

                                     Sarah Ballis

To set up an interview please call Media Ambitions on 0208 940 2222.

Sarah Ballis, 34, a Specialist Head & Neck Dietician from Parsons Green, London is taking part in the 7th annual Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk for the first time this year.

Sarah and her team, “The Mouthketeers” all work at St George’s Hospital Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team in Tooting.  The Mouthketeers consist of  Donna Williams, 30; Kelly Wade-McBane, 26; Scott Lonnee, 46, from Islington; Catherine Collins from Ewell; Bridget Bryer from Southfields; Stephanie Sweeney, 27, from Tooting; Rhys Hughes, 31, from Balham; Fiona Charman from Battersea; Allana Sullivan from Tooting Bec; and Rachel Tomlin from Kingston.    

Sarah’s team decided to participate in the walk and support the Mouth Cancer Foundation, one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, because they would like to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Every day they treat patients who battle with mouth cancer and require surgical treatment, so they thoroughly understand how debilitating this disease is.

Sarah says “Mouth cancer is a disease which is very much influenced by lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, dental health and HPV. We would like to increase public awareness of these factors and raise funds towards finding a cure.”

The Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk takes place at 13:00 on Saturday 22nd September 2012 in Hyde Park, London and this year the charity is hoping over 1000 people will step out and make a difference.

The walk, which is growing year on year and to date has raised over £250,000, is designed to increase awareness and through fundraising allows the charity to provide support for mouth cancer patients and carers. People travel from all over the world to support the walk as it is a fun day out for all the family. There will be prizes available for top fundraisers.

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi says “To celebrate our 7th anniversary we want to get 1000 people walking the 15,000 steps in the battle against mouth cancer. It 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. If you wish to sponsor “The Mouthketeers”, you can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Mouthketeers.  

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Elizabeth Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions 020 8940 2222

Elizabeth@mediaambitions.com

Izabela@mediaambitions.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

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.   

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 website www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

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