ST JAMES’S PLACE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITATION SCHEME

MONDAY 19TH AUGUST 2013

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  • ST JAMES’S PLACE FOUNDATION & ST JAMES’S PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT FOUNDER MEMBER & SENIOR PARTNER - SUSAN CAPLAN
  • MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITATION SCHEME CONSULTANT – ELIZABETH LAVERACK

 

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The charitable arm of the St. James's Place Wealth Management Group, St James’s Place Foundation, is supporting the Mouth Cancer Foundation to sponsor a new life saving initiative.  The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme calls for every dental practice in the UK to be carrying out a thorough head and neck examination as part of regular check-ups.  The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations in order to increase early detection rates and save lives. 

The scheme recognises dental practices that actively prove they carry out thorough head and neck cancer screenings and operate a clearly documented referral pathway with a local specialist department. It also rewards dentists and dental teams for their efforts in raising awareness of mouth cancer.

Awareness is integral to achieving early detection of head and neck cancers, thus saving lives.  The Mouth Cancer Foundation will accredit dental practices that meet certain criteria and routinely participate in oral cancer screening.  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.

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “We are hugely grateful to St James’s Place Foundation for their generous donation.  The money will enable us to continue to roll out the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme across the UK so we can save as many lives as possible through earlier detection of head and neck cancers.”

St James’s Place Foundation’s Susan Caplan says “St James’s Place Foundation is delighted to be able to give the Mouth Cancer Foundation £2,500 towards the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme.   My husband, Stuart, knows firsthand what it is like to experience tongue cancer after suffering with a number of symptoms for a year which four doctors and a dentist failed to diagnose as cancer.  Introducing thorough head and neck cancer screenings into all dental practices in the UK is a giant leap forward in ensuring other patients avoid an experience like Stuart’s.”

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dentist registered with the GDC or any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC For more information please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via info@mouthcancerfoundation.org or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

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.

St James’s Place Foundation – www.sjp.co.uk

Formed in 1992, the Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James's Place Wealth Management Group and has so far raised over £30 million.  The St. James's Place Foundation funds hundreds of projects each year and to ensure its needs can be supported it relies heavily on the generosity and actions of Partners and staff to raise vital funds. The Foundation supports hundreds of charities under the following themes:

 

  

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