LONDON TO SOUTHEND BIKE RIDE FOR THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL 2013

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:   

  • FOUNDER OF THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION – DR VINOD JOSHI
  • CYCLIST & TEAM LEADER LOUISE SMITH

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A cycling trio from Basildon, Essex is taking part in the London to Southend 52 Mile Bike Ride on Sunday, 21st July 2013 to raise much needed awareness and funds for the country’s leading mouth cancer charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

Personal Assistant Louise Smith, 29, Healthcare Consultant Michael Smith, 30, and St Nicholas Church Treasurer John Kingsley, 66, have decided to take on a challenge and cycle for the Mouth Cancer Foundation in memory of Michael’s Dad, David.

David died in July 2010 shortly after being diagnosed with mouth cancer. Prior to the diagnosis, he suffered from a persistent cough and complained of a lump on the side of his mouth for months. However, as he did not want to worry his family, he did not get his symptoms checked out until the lump affected his tongue and ruptured.  Once diagnosed, David’s family was advised he would need extensive chemotherapy and his tongue and voice box removed. Unfortunately David was not strong enough to proceed with treatment and passed away 6 days later at his home.

Louise says “David’s family will never forget how wonderful he was and how he always put his children first to a point he never truly told them how he was really feeling about the cancer. As he was unfortunately diagnosed with mouth cancer of which we knew little, we now want to help the Mouth Cancer Foundation educate the public about the symptoms of the disease and raise money to help with research.”

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “We are grateful to Louise, Michael and John 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.”

To sponsor the trio, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/LouiseSmith749. For more information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.

 

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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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