MEDIA ALERT – PASSIONATE WALKERS RAISES A WHOPPING £51, 765.50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY 2014
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Today, the UK’s leading mouth cancer charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation, is excited to announce that its 8th annual FREE Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk, which took place in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday, 29th September 2014 raised a staggering £51,765.50.
The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk has been designed to increase awareness and generate much needed funds to allow the charity to provide support for mouth cancer patients and carers.
Last September over 600 people travelled to the capital to complete a 10 KM course. Together they celebrated survivorship and spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancers early, spot the signs and know the symptoms. There were medals, T-shirts and goodie bags for everyone who took part.
In the UK nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year and around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade. It has a worst ratio of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancer and affects more men than women. Mouth Cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips and adjacent areas like 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 “The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk is once again a great success for the charity. The profit from the walk, after costs, will be ploughed into our latest initiative the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme. The scheme accredits dental practices that actively prove they regularly carry out thorough head and neck cancer screenings and operate clearly documented referral pathways with a local specialist department.”
The charity is indebted to all the fundraisers who came out to support the walk and looks forward to seeing them again in 2014. For more information about the walk, please visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org.
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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, 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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