Mouth cancer checks – Month Cancer Action Month
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and we always try to spread as much knowledge as possible. When you come to the practice for a check-up, we will not just be looking out for tooth decay and gum disease, we will also carry out a thorough check for mouth cancer.
This is the sixth most common cancer in the world. Mouth cancer is on the rise in the UK. Cancer Research UK says that over the last decade, the number of deaths from mouth cancer has risen by 21%, with the similar numbers among both men and women. Along with this revelation is the news that the number of people dying from mouth cancer in the UK is projected to go up by 38% between 2014–2035. In 2035, there is predicted to be seven deaths per 100,000 people.
Mouth cancer is linked to smoking, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, and drinking alcohol, in that order. This could be why more men get it than women, and why it is more prevalent in people over 50 and younger than 74.
Come check out our Mouth Cancer Action Month Display that’s now up in the practice!