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MOUTH CANCER AWARENESS DAY
In 2011 Mouth Cancer Awareness Day was successfully launched in Ireland by the Mouth Cancer Awareness Group.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit dentists participating in the scheme for a FREE mouth cancer examination. The Mouth Cancer Foundation has recently launched its Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme which encourages all dental practice to carry out screening at routine check-ups. Mouth Cancer Awareness Day ties in with the ethos of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme so with permission of the Mouth Cancer Awareness Group we are holding the second Mouth Cancer Awareness Day in the UK.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is asking all dental practices to get involved and give members of the public FREE mouth cancer examinations at dental practices across the country.
If you are a member of the public all you need to do is find a participating dentist and get in touch to book your appointment.
Mouth Cancer can be deadly and early detection is essential. In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year. Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation has devised a 'Two minutes to save a life' mouth cancer screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations, whether they're based at an NHS, private or mixed practice.
The Mouth Cancer Awareness Group in Ireland is made up of representatives from the following organisations:
For information on what is happening on Mouth Cancer Awareness Day in Ireland this year visit www.mouthcancerawareness.ie