MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION ATTENDS THE MOUTH CANCER AWARENESS STUDY DAY IN CHELTENHAM

FRIDAY 26TH  SEPTEMBER 2014

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  • MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION FOUNDER – DR VINOD JOSHI

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The Mouth Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce that it will attend the Mouth Cancer Awareness Study Day organised by Gloucestershire Independent Dentists on Friday 10th October 2014 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Mouth cancer can strike anyone at anytime so it is important to catch it early. Nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the UK every year and it is estimated that 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade.

The Mouth Cancer Awareness Study Day aims to raise a greater awareness of cancer of the mouth and will encompass a number of presentations from the charity’s speakers covering many aspects of the disease.

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “As mouth cancer is on the increase around the world, we urge all dental professionals to join us in the fight against the disease. The Mouth Cancer Awareness Study Day is an important event reinforcing the message that dental profession plays the key role in the early detection of mouth cancer.”

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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.   

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, over 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 www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

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