The Oxford Health NHS FT Oral Health Promotion team are working together to raise awareness of mouth cancer during “Mouth Cancer Action Month” which runs from 1st – 30th November 2012.

The Oral Health Promotion team will be holding an event to help raise awareness of mouth cancer on 10th November at The Kassam Stadium from 12pm-3pm. During the event we will be interacting with the public to give out information about mouth cancer, answering questions and we offering mouth cancer screening on board our Oral Health Bus!

Mouth cancer is diagnosed in over 6000 people per year in the UK and kills more people than cervical and testicular cancer combined ( British dental Health Foundation). The British Dental Health Foundation’s campaign aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer.  Those who are most at risk are

  • People who smoke or chew tobacco
  • People who drink alcohol excessively

Men are twice as likely to develop mouth cancer as women.The number of young people being diagnosed with oral cancer has increased due to the HPV virus.

Other risk factors are:

  • HPV: human papilloma viruses
  • Poor diet, lacking in fruit and vegetables
  • UV light: from the sun and from sun beds

There are many signs of mouth cancer. Here are some to look out for:

  • An ulcer in the mouth that doesn’t heal within 3 weeks
  • A white or red patch in the mouth that will not go away
  • A lump, or numbness, on the lip or in any part of the mouth

For further information, pleas, contact Anna Babich via email  anna.babich@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk