Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service, run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, is bringing a health bus to Oxford United’s next home game on 23 November to raise awareness of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Working with specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, they will be offering advice and information on avoiding the risks of mouth cancer and a chance to get screened on the spot. The health bus will be located outside the stadium reception from 1 pm – 3 pm.

Sue Bolton from the Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service said:  “If you’ve had a mouth ulcer or mouth soreness for more than three weeks, come and get it checked out – it’s a great opportunity to get seen straight away by a specialist.”

Smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer and Smoking Cessation Specialists from the Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service will be available on the bus.

Ms Bolton added:  “Research shows smokers are much more likely to develop mouth cancer and the best way to stop smoking is to use your local NHS service so we will be available to listen to smokers’ concerns  and direct them to our advisers at GP surgeries and many pharmacies across Oxfordshire who can support their efforts to stop smoking. Chewing tobacco or betel nut also poses risks, along with shisha pipes, alcohol, poor diet, sun exposure as well as the human papilloma virus (HPV) spread through sexual activity. Catching cancers early increases the chances of survival so this is a great chance to reduce risks by coming along to the health bus before the match.”

For more details see www.smokefreeoxfordshire.nhs.uk , email smoking.advice@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or call 0845 40 80 300.