November marks an important part of the dental calendar each year, Mouth Cancer Action. This is a charity campaign run by the Oral Health Foundation with the aim of raising the awareness of mouth cancer, to spot early warning signs, helping to save lives.
How To Spot Mouth Cancer
Like all cancers, early detection gives us a higher chance of beating it. With an early diagnosis, the chances of surviving mouth cancer is 9 out of 10!
Unfortunately, not all mouth cancer is picked up in time and lives are sadly lost as a result. This is why the Oral Health Foundation runs this campaign every year to continue their great work, and hopefully save more lives.
The key message they want to tell everyone “if in doubt, get checked out“.
A simple check can be carried out at home and will only take you a minute. The Oral Health Foundation made this great video on how to check yourself at home:
Why Seeing a Dentist Regularly Is Important
It’s common knowledge that dentists recommend you come in every 6 months for a routine check up (unless advised otherwise). Part of this reason is that not only do we check the health of your teeth (and spot potential problems) but we also check for signs of mouth cancer.
So please if you are worried you have signs of oral cancer or would like to be checked out, please do not hesitate to book in for your check up today, or contact you GP.
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