Today is International Volunteer Day, originally designated by the United Nations in 1985 as a global observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteering. The Mouth Cancer Foundation is indebted to all the wonderful volunteers who give their spare time to help us out during the year and especially at the Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk.

Are you able to recognise the changes in your mouth? That’s the question that was posed by So Dental this Mouth Cancer Action Month The Cambridgeshire dental practice is urging Chatteris residents to be more mouth aware, all year round and recognise the early warning signs of mouth cancer.

The staff at Kenton Dental have been working hard this Mouth Cancer Action Month to raise awareness of Mouth Cancer.   They’ve turned their practice blue with an effective display of mouth cancer action month materials and greeted their patients wearing blue lips.   All their patients will be sure of what was going on this November.

If you are looking for an idea for a Christmas present, for someone who may be struggling with eating after mouth or throat surgery, think about buying a copy of Brenda’s Easy to Swallow Cookbook which is easily available from Amazon. 

Earlier this year we introduced the first ever Mouth Cancer Foundation Charity Project Awards, courtesy of dental implant company Straumann and awarded 4 grants totalling £3500.  Last week we met up with the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation and HPV Action, when we filmed them at work and handed over their cheques. 

An immunotherapy drug that could save some cancer patients from the ordeal of extreme chemotherapy may also help them live longer, researchers say. In a trial, pembrolizumab kept head and neck cancers at bay for an average of two years - five times longer than under chemotherapy. The patients also suffered far fewer side-effects.

Our clinical Ambassador Philip Lewis was back on the lecture circuit this weekend chairing 2 days of the core CPD programme at the Northern Dental Summit in Manchester and lecturing on both days on the early detection of Mouth Cancer. Philip has a great audience and extends his thanks to all the delegates who attended

Mouth Cancer Action Month is drawing to a close but there is still time to raise awareness of good oral health and check your mouth is healthy before the 30th. Well done if you have remembered to do your self check already.   Our never-ending drive is to encourage everyone to carry out a simple self, head and neck cancer check at home, ideally once a month. 

For this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, which we are jointly promoting with the Oral Health Foundation, we’re asking everyone to show their support by making Wednesday 13 November ‘Blue Wednesday’. So whether you put on your blue shoes, pick out something blue to wear or don bright blue lipstick, do something blue, show your support and help us raise awareness of mouth cancer.

Alcohol Awareness Week, run by Alcohol Change UK, from 11th to 17th November is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking.