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A couple from Wimbledon, South West London is taking on a challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2014 in order to raise much needed funds for the country’s leading mouth cancer charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

A dentist Ben Kemsley, 28, and a childcare solicitor Natalie Mitchell, 28, have decided to take on the highest mountain in Africa and support the Mouth Cancer Foundation as they feel passionate about the cause. They will embark on a challenge on 1st February and expect the trek to take a total of 7 days.

As a dental healthcare professional working for 2 dental practices in West Malling, Kent and Woking, Surrey, Ben understands the importance of raising awareness of mouth cancer. He has also previously worked in an oral and maxillofacial department and has seen the physical and emotional consequences the disease has on patients, their families and friends.

Ben says “The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s recent campaign to raise awareness and improve the screening process is extremely important in early diagnosis and hopefully invaluable in improving the outcomes for patients that are diagnosed. Together we need to educate the public and make them aware of the symptoms to look out for.”

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “We are grateful to Ben and Natalie 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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The Mouth Cancer Foundation –

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 or by emailing



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