DENTAL STUDENTS FROM KING’S COLLEGE LONDON DENTAL INSTITUTE STEP OUT FOR THE CHARITY, 13:00 SATURDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2014, HYDE PARK, LONDON
MONDAY 11TH AUGUST 2014
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Interviews Available: Mouth Cancer 10KM Walk Participant – Sorabh Patel
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“Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive suffer many disabilities with speech, swallowing and appearance being affected. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September!”
Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi
Sorabh Patel, 22, a dental student from Thornton Heath, Surrey, is taking part in the 9th annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk for the first time.
Sorabah has rallied a team of 30 fellow dental students from King’s College London Dental Institute to form ‘Kings Against Cancer’ to raise money for one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Team ‘Kings Against Cancer’ consist of Anisha Panchal, Roxanne Mehdizadeh, Jack McSweeney, Laura Borrie, Sarita Kang, Aarthi Suresh, Saranya Konathala, Anish Patel, Zujajah Mirza, Ronnie Datta, Yihan Miao, Ashwini Mohan, Tripat Mahajan, Fran Siodlak, Ben Neo, Alan Kefrosh, Roshni Sanikop, Abbas Ali Manji, Aditi Goel, Ameena Khurshid, Heena Nirmal, Balraj Singh, Sagar Patel, Dev Manu, Rachel Loke, Salman Sheikh, Tuba Pishgharavol, Priya Pattar, Alina Malik and Sunmeet Kandhari.
Sorabh and his team members decided to step out and take part in the walk this year because they would like to raise a greater awareness of mouth cancer. As dental students, they understand it is a debilitating disease which may strike anyone at anytime. Sorabh says “Mouth cancer is something we all have studied. As future dentists, we want to find a cure and develop better treatment to help our future patients. The fight with mouth cancer is long so we decided to band together and take part in this incredible event to help the Mouth Cancer Foundation raise much needed funds to allow it to continue its vital work.”
The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is taking place on Saturday, 20th September in London’s Hyde Park. People travel from all over the country to celebrate survivorship and spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancer early, spot the signs and know the symptoms.
In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. It has a worst ratio of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and affects more men than women. Sadly, mouth cancer is also still detected too late with dire consequences.
Mouth cancer 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.
Dr Joshi continues “The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The Mouth Cancer Foundation – mouthcancerfoundation.org
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer. Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.
About Mouth Cancer
- Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
- In the UK, 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011.
- Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
- Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
- Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
- Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.
- Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
- Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.
- 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.
- An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
- A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
- A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
- A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
- A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
- An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause.
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