It may be the last day of Mouth Cancer Action Month but it should be a day that signals an on-going commitment to checking yourself for
mouth cancer and making sure your dentist carries out an examination for head and neck cancer at annual routine appointments.
Alan Birch was a healthy Dad of seven who lived an active lifestyle and did not drink or smoke when he died of mouth cancer at just 37 years old.
The Wirral Dad who lost his battle with an aggressive form of mouth cancer has led to concerns that thousands of cases are going undiagnosed during this year’s pandemic as dentists have been closed for periods of time.
While this may sound alarming, early diagnosis of mouth cancer leads to a 90% survival rate, which is why it is imperative that people continue visiting their dentist for regular check-ups and self-examine their own mouths at least once a month.
Read Alan’s story in the Liverpool Echo – https://apple.news/AThuR-lloS3-OXtsm8EAUxQ
For details on how to self-examine your own mouth visit https://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org/self-examination/
Image from the Liverpool Echo.