OVER 500 PEOPLE STEP OUT FOR MOUTH CANCER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2014
Interviews Available: Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi
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Over 500 walkers joined one the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation, as it held its 9th annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk on Saturday, 20th September 2014 in London’s Hyde Park.
The walk, which is designed to raise much needed awareness and funds to combat all head and neck cancers, attracted people from all over the country who came to the capital to celebrate survivorship and spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancers early, spot the signs and know the symptoms.
The incidence of mouth cancer is alarmingly high in the UK making it one of the top ten commonly diagnosed cancers. It has worse ratio of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and affects more men than women.
The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi says “Head and neck cancers are particularly vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients suffer for the rest of their lives and require much post operative and psychological care. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against the disease.”
For more information about the walk, or to make a donation, please visit www.mouthcancerwalk.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.
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.
- 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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