Mouth cancer is at the forefront of the dental and health profession and Mouth Cancer Action relies on your participation and involvement to get our messages out into local communities.
Last year, around 1,500 dental practices, hospitals, GPs and pharmacies took part in the campaign, helping us to deliver messages of healthy lifestyles, early detection and prevention to millions.
Once again, we urge you to help raise awareness of mouth cancer.
Taking part in Mouth Cancer Action is easy. It doesn’t necessarily involve lots of time or money, just the passion to make a difference and help promote oral health in your community.
Here are some of the top way you and your team can get involved in the campaign….
Pledge your support
This is your first port of call. If you’re keen to take part in Mouth Cancer Action or would just like to learn more about the campaign simply pledge your support and we’ll send you everything you need to get started.
One of the best and easiest ways to provide information to the public during the month is to set up a display. Use the campaign’s posters from your Registration Pack, alongside other educational resources available from the Online Shop to put up in your reception or waiting room.
Try combining these with patient information leaflets and a Mouth Cancer Self-Examination Checklist, which can be found in our Online Shop
Oral health checks and mouth cancer examinations
Offering patients or local groups an afternoon of oral health checks is a great way to support your local community. While you’re carrying out the oral health check, it is a perfect time to do a visual mouth cancer examination, and talk about the disease with the member of the public.
It’s a good way to promote awareness of mouth cancer, and at the same time help develop the goodwill of your practice.
Holding a special oral health check event to visually examine patients or local people within your community promotes early detection, as well as education, not just in the patient themselves but through word of mouth it will also improve awareness among their family and friends too. So whether it’s for the whole month, a week, a day, or one afternoon, your participation is crucial and can make a difference.
Click on the ‘learn more here’ link to find out how you can go about organising one of these events, along with information about Cancer Research UK’s brand new oral cancer toolkit – an excellent resource for any dental and health professional.
Blue Ribbon Appeal
This year we are urging all staff at your dental practice, hospital or pharmacy to wear a Blue Ribbon Badge and support mouth cancer awareness as a team.
When you have your very own Blue Ribbon Badges… what next? Encourage your patients to wear one too! The Blue Ribbon Appeal continues to play a key role in directly engaging the public with the issues surrounding mouth cancer, whether it’s talking about the risk factors involved, the early warning signs or the benefits of early detection, all can make a difference in improving education and ultimately saving lives.
Our Blue Ribbon Appeal Kit contains 25 badges, a collection box, the A3 campaign poster and details of how to donate. Display the box on your reception desk and use it to engage patients and discuss mouth cancer.
For more information about the Blue Ribbon Appeal head over to our dedicated Blue Ribbon Appeal page.
The great thing about fundraising for Mouth Cancer Action is that it can be as simple or as elaborate as you like and whether you raise £10 or £100, every penny counts.
From raffles and tom-bowlers to walks and cycling rides, there’s plenty of activities for you, your team and your patients to get involved in.
Visit our fundraising page for lots of great ideas on events you could run. Download our guide to fundraising, which will give you hints and tips and planning and promoting your activity and discover how you can maximise your donations.