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Most people know that smoking has serious health risks and mouth cancer is one of them.   Most smokers don’t think they will get it but the research shows that 3 in 4 people who have mouth cancer have smoked at some point in their lives!*.   We need to get this message through.”

Dr Vinod Joshi.  Founder, the Mouth Cancer Foundation

The Mouth Cancer Foundation, one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, is urging everyone to quit smoking now. 

Around the world people are coming together on No Smoking Day to encourage everyone who smokes to give up the habit.  The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, cannot reinforce this message enough.  He says “Smoking is proven to be one of the main causes of mouth cancer which still remains a relatively unknown disease despite affecting nearly 8000 people in the UK every year.   **Study shows that seventy-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco are not only addictive, but also have a harmful influence on the body. In addition, people who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk of developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.”

Mouth Cancer can be detected early with the help of a dentist who is more likely to notice the early symptoms of the disease. Early detection can save lives.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is committed to spreading messages about early signs and symptoms of all head and neck cancers.

Every year, over ***one million smokers quit on No Smoking Day.  People who quit smoking and attend a mouth screening will be taking first steps to drastically improve their health and quality of life.

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The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme aims to improve outcomes for head and neck cancers in accordance with The British Dental Association’s occasional paper for the early detection and prevention of oral cancer and NICE guidelines.   It offers a realistic approach for dentists who seek to adopt best practice in oral cavity examination and opportunistic screening. The scheme embraces recent Care Quality Commission, Information Governance and Clinical Governance requirements and necessitates the recommendation by the General Dental Council for continuous professional development for the management of oral cancer for dentists.

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC.  For more please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, 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.

Symptoms include:

  • 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.

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site or by emailing





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