HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR MOUTH CANCER IN THE ANNUAL 10KM AWARENESS WALK, 13:00 SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2014, HYDE PARK, LONDON
TUESDAY 6TH MAY 2014
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“The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is in its 9th year and we plan to make it the biggest and most successful walk. Put the date in your diaries and come and join us step out and make a difference.”
Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi
Today, the UK’s leading mouth cancer charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation, unveils plans for its 9th annual FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk. The walk, which is a great success, is designed to increase awareness and raise much needed funds to support mouth cancer patients and carers. It raised over £50,000 last year.
This year the Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk is taking place on Saturday, 20th September in London’s Hyde Park and the charity is hoping over 1000 people will travel to the capital to celebrate survivorship and spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancers early, spot the signs and know the symptoms.
In the UK there are more than 8000 people diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. Worldwide, the disease affects 650,000 people a year and is the 6th most common type of cancer. It has a worst ratio of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and affects more men than women. It is also a disease which is now affecting more women and young people than ever. Sadly, mouth cancers are also still being detected too late with dire consequences.
Mouth cancer 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.
The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi says “Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive suffer many disabilities with speech, swallowing and appearance being affected. There is much that needs to be done to improve support for them and increase awareness to allow earlier detection that will save lives and reduce the extent of disabilities. The Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk is a great way for mouth cancer patients, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against the disease.”
To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. Don’t delay and sign up today!
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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, over 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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