HULL COLLEGE SUPPORTS MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITATION SCHEME

TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2013

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  • THE HULL COLLEGE GROUP – JAMES PEACOCK
  • MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITATION SCHEME CONSULTANT – ELIZABETH LAVERACK

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The Hull College Group is the latest organization to come on board and support the Mouth Cancer Foundation to sponsor a new life saving initiative.  The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme calls for every dental practice in the UK to be carrying out a thorough head and neck examination as part of regular check-ups.  The scheme is 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 in order to increase early detection rates and save lives. 

Awareness is integral to achieving early detection of head and neck cancers, thus saving lives.  The Mouth Cancer Foundation will accredit dental practices that meet certain criteria and routinely participate in oral cancer screening.  Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as a wealth of professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “Hull College is well known as one of the most successful further education colleges in the country.  It has a reach into the dental population in the Yorkshire and Humber region which is invaluable to us.   The support from the Hull College Group will help raise further awareness of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme and enable us to continue to save as many lives as possible through earlier detection of head and neck cancers.”

Group Sales and Accounts Manager for Commercial Services at Hull College, James Peacock says We are very excited to be working with the Mouth Cancer Foundation on their life saving Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme.  We look forward to helping inform the dental population in the Yorkshire and Humber region about the scheme and working together to promote earlier detection of this terrible disease.”   

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dentist registered with the GDC or any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC For more information 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 Hull College Group – www.hull-college.ac.uk

The Hull College Group is the UK’s fourth largest further education institution by income, with an annual turnover of £70m. It offers technical, professional and academic education and training, ranging from GCSEs and NVQs to degree and post-graduate qualifications.

In its recent Ofsted inspection, Hull College is rated as Grade 1 – Outstanding in every area. During a visit to Hull College in February 2013, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, hailed the College as a “shining beacon of good practice” for the sector.

In 2011/12, the Hull College Group supported 31,000 students on more than 1,000 courses, either on college premises or via work-based learning and community programmes. 87% of students progress to employment, further study or training within six months of course completion.

The Hull College Group is a major employer in the region, with a workforce of 1,600 across campuses in Hull, Goole and Harrogate.

 

 

  

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