On Wednesday, 16th September our friends in Ireland are holding Mouth Cancer Awareness Day to raise public and professional awareness of the disease.

Mouth cancer is an important global healthcare problem. There are more than 700 cases of mouth, head and neck cancer reported in Ireland every year. More than 400 of these cancers affect the mouth (oral cavity and pharynx). These cancers are more common in men than in women. However, the occurrence of cancer of the mouth in women has increased significantly at a rate of 3% per year since 1994. It mainly affects older people although younger people are being diagnosed now. In Britain, the incidence of mouth cancer has increased faster than any other cancer in the past 25 years.

The Mouth Cancer Awareness Group in Ireland is made up of local organisations, including the Irish Cancer Society, Irish Dental Association, Dental Health Foundation, Dublin Dental Hospital, Cork University Dental Hospital and the National Cancer Control Programme.   

By working together, we can beat mouth cancer.  For more information visit