Mouth cancer - are you aware of the dangers?
The UK’s leading oral health charity, British Dental Health Foundation, has revealed its concern about Britain’s lack of mouth cancer knowledge when every five hours someone in the UK dies as a result of it.
This cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. It kills one person every five hours in the UK and the number of new cases is rising faster than almost any other cancer.
While certain habits undoubtedly make you more likely to develop mouth cancer, research has found that one in four young people who develop the condition presents none of the major risk factors.
If mouth cancer is detected early then the chances of a full recovery are good so it is vital that people are aware of what to look out for and how they can minimise their risk. Unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness many cases go unnoticed until it is too late.
In the UK around 4,750 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed annually. Around 1,600 people die of mouth cancer every year.
As the campaign headline goes: If in doubt, get checked out!
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