QUIT SMOKING PLUS DENTAL CHECKS CAN BE A LIFE SAVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY 14TH MARCH 2012

INTERVIEWS:              FOUNDER OF THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION – DR VINOD JOSHI

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The Mouth Cancer Foundation, the UK’s leading mouth cancer charity, is urging everyone to have regular dental checks, especially if they smoke. It has been proved that smoking is one of the main causes of mouth cancer, which is now among one of the top ten commonly diagnosed cancers. It can be detected at an early stage with the help of a dentist who is more likely to notice the early symptoms of the disease. Early detection can save lives, so don’t wait!

*Eighty-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 one’s body. In addition, people who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.

The founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Joshi says Research shows that 3 in 4 people who have mouth cancer have smoked at some point in their lives**.  Most people are now aware that smoking carries serious health risks.  Smoking drastically increases the risk of Mouth Cancer. It is a thoroughly debilitating disease.  We are encouraging everyone to have regular checks at their Dentists as Dentists know the symptoms to look out for.” 

Every year, nearly ***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.

For more information visit the Mouth Cancer Foundation at www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

*Ref: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/head-and-neck

**Ref: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/cancer-questions/mouth-cancer-how-to-reduce-your-risk#cause

***Nosmokingday.org.uk

The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

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

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 web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org

 

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