Mouth Cancer Action Month!

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Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November and is an annual campaign organised by the British Dental Health Foundation to help raise awareness of the signs and those most at risk.

As well as educating the public about mouth cancer it is also about increasing knowledge within clinical professions. Mouth cancer rates are on the rise; here at Dawood & Tanner we recognise that early detection is crucial to increasing survival.

Performing mouth scanning is routine here at Dawood & Tanner on all patients at every check, every time a patient visits the practice but the patient perhaps doesn’t know why we are doing it. We inform and educate all our patients.

 “It is estimated that 6,000 people alone this year will be diagnosed with mouth cancer and diagnosing the symptoms early could extend the lives of 5,400 of them,” said Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation. “For more information visit www.mouthcancer.org

It is important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups as a dentist can help identify the early signs of mouth cancer.

There are several key risks and warning signs that have been identified in increasing the chances of mouth cancer:

Risk factors

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Poor diet
  • Human papilloma virus

The Warning Signs

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Unusual lumps or swelling
  • White and red patches in the mouth
  • Numbness, loss of feeling or pain