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Today, the country’s leading Mouth Cancer Charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation has announced Red House Dental Practice as a Full Member of its newly launched, potentially life-saving Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme*.

Dentists have a key role to play in the early detection of mouth cancer and in prevention of the disease by identifying those patients who are exposed to risk factors. In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.

Richard Marsden, who leads the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme, says “After seeing one of our patients going through assessment and treatment for oral cancer, we wanted to undertake further training to enable us to better identify the early signs of cancer. Through early detection and referral to our local Oral & Maxillofacial Department along with making patients aware of risk factors for mouth cancer, our aim is to minimise the number of future cases arising.”

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme promotes the importance of checking for mouth cancer and raises awareness amongst both patients and dental practices.

A quick, detailed examination takes around two minutes and can save lives, yet very few patients are aware they should receive it at least once a year.

Dr Vinod Joshi, Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation says “We are pleased to welcome Red House Dental Practice among Full Members of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme. The scheme helps dentists and everyone working in a dental practice to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients. This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier.  Head and neck cancers are particularly vicious and debilitating when detected late.  Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically.”



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The Mouth Cancer Foundation –

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

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.

*The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is a ‘Two Minute to Save a Life’ screening protocol and 10 point checklist and recognises dental practices that demonstrate a visible commitment to increasing public awareness of mouth cancer and establish a documented referral pathway with a local specialist department. Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as a wealth of professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

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 or by emailing

Red House Dental Practice –

The Red House Dental Practice is situated in the lovely market town of Malton.  It is a family orientated private and Denplan practice which is a Gold member of the British Dental Associations 'Good Practice' scheme. It is also an accredited member of the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme and each of its three dentists are Denplan Excel accredited.

The practice aims to provide consistently high standards of dentistry in a professional yet friendly environment. Post graduate training is very much to the fore at the Red House with Practice owner, Richard Marsden, recently gaining the Certificate in Dental Implantology from the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology. Associate Mark Bentley is currently working towards a similar qualification in Endodontics (root fillings), and part-time associate Susan Marsden is working towards the Denplan Stairway qualification. All of the Red House team is friendly, highly trained and committed to high standards of care for patients.

The practice address is:

Victoria Road


North Yorkshire

YO17 7JJ

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