Are you mouth aware?
November sees the annual campaign ‘Mouth Cancer Action Month’ which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.
By learning more about mouth cancer we can help to lower our risk, but we can also pass our knowledge on to those we love and care for too.
Did you know?
Around 7 people lose their life to mouth cancer every day in the UK
Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than woman
45% of cases are diagnosed in those over 65
91% of all mouth cancers are linked to lifestyle factors
Experts predict that cases of mouth cancer will continue to rise in the coming years
80% don’t know the symptoms of mouth cancer
Over 2/3 of mouth cancer cases are detected at a late stage
Smoking & Tobacco use
2/3 of mouth cancer cases are linked to smoking tobacco
A morning cigarette doubles the chances of developing the disease
Second hand smoke significantly increases the risk for those who have never smoked
Smokeless tobacco use can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer by 15x
Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to around a third of all cases
Those who smoke and drink to excess put themselves at risk by up to 30%
More than half of cases in the UK are linked to a poor diet
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is estimated to overtake smoking as the number one cause of mouth cancers in the future
What to look for
Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anybody – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.
- Red and white patches in the mouth
- Ulcers which do not heal after three weeks
- Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area
If in doubt, get checked out – Early detection could save your life
One key method to reduce your risk is to keep to regular dental appointments.
If you do not have a dentist, call 111 to find your nearest clinic.
Quitting smoking can reduce your risk by a third.
Give the stop smoking team a call today to talk about giving up.
Bedfordshire 0800 013 0553
Luton 01582 757635