TERRIFIED OF HEIGHTS AND SKYDIVING FOR CHARITY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2014

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  • JUMPER – DAVID ADAMS

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Key Account Manager from Furzton, Milton Keynes, is to jump from 10,000 feet on Sunday, 19th October at Brackley airfield in Oxfordshire to raise much needed awareness and funds for one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

David Adams, 31, is terrified of heights, but has decided to take on this sky diving challenge in memory of his friend, Clare Jones, who died of tongue cancer at the age of just 23 years old in April 2007.

Clare was a student at Loughborough University when she was first diagnosed in February 2003. She then faced an operation to remove the right side of her tongue, reconstruction with a flap from her right forearm and a neck dissection.  By 2007, Clare had secondary bone cancer and bravely went through the treatments offered. It was a difficult time for her and she was very, very scared. She worried about the effects of chemo and fertility but finished her chemotherapy and was looking forward to a better 2007. Unfortunately, the MRI scans showed no change in the size of her cancer, which eventually spread to her brain. 

David says “The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity very close to my and my wife’s heart. Before Clare was diagnosed with mouth cancer, we knew little about the disease. Now, we are on a mission to raise as much awareness about this lesser known cancer as we can.”

The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “We are grateful to David for raising money for our charity. All funds will go towards helping improve the support for mouth cancer sufferers and their families, as well as highlighting the shocking facts about mouth cancer.”

To sponsor David please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiser.... For more information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.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.  The charity’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, 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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