Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.
Throughout November the aim of the charity campaign is to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their dental professional.
In the UK, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years – that is why Mouth Cancer Action Month is so important.
Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that everyone knows what to look out for.
The campaign is all about encouraging people to take immediate action, so don’t leave that ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore that unusual lump or swelling or red and white patches in your mouth.
Mouth cancer takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined. Mouth cancer also takes more lives a year than road traffic accidents. By knowing more about the risk factors, living healthier lifestyles and by learning what to look out we can help reduce our risk and lower the number of lives that mouth cancer effects.
For details as to how you, your school or workplace can get involved with the Mouth Cancer Action Month visit the website.
There are loads of ideas to raise awareness from #bluelipselfie to wearing all blue on Wednesdays, plus fundraising ideas and challenges.