Looking back on Mouth Cancer Action Month


For more than a decade Mouth Cancer Action Month has been an influential springboard in educating the public about mouth cancer. Under the message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’ the campaign has helped facilitate thousands of events and projects, and continues to act as a focal point for people to campaign together, raise awareness and take action. In 2015, organisers of the campaign, the British Dental Health Foundation have seen unprecedented support from the dental profession and public alike and wish to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the campaign this year. Mouth Cancer…

Cancer seen as ‘beatable’

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A quarter of Brits describe cancer as beatable, according to new research1. A study by the British Dental Health Foundation has found that one of the most common words associated with cancer is ‘beatable’, in what the charity and long-time mouth cancer campaigners, is hailing as a triumph against the life threatening disease. Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years, according to Cancer Research UK, and with it public perception of cancer has become far more positive, believes the charity. But during November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month they are warning that there is still…

Calling Dr Internet: Could self-diagnosis be costing lives?


A UK health charity has expressed deep concern following new data which reveals the alarming use of online self-diagnosis. The British Dental Health Foundation believes an over-reliance on websites, particularly online symptom checkers, could lead to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of life threatening diseases such as mouth cancer. Four in ten people1 questioned by the charity say they prefer turning to the internet to investigate their symptoms, while less than one in three (31 per cent) would see their doctor or dentist first. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: “The internet…

Rates of mouth cancer increase to all time high


New statistics from Cancer Research UK show that mouth cancer rates are seeing a rapid increase, with more than 7,300 Brits now being diagnosed with the disease each year. The alarming findings show that around 20 people every day are being diagnosed with mouth cancer, equating to around one every 72 minutes – less time than it takes to play a game of rugby. Mouth cancer is now the 10th most common cancer in men in the UK and 15th most common in women, overall mouth cancer is the 14th most common cancer in Britain but if current trends continue is on…

Blue Wednesday: A bit o’ blue for the lads


With mouth cancer now one of the top ten cancers in men, a leading health charity is asking you to go blue this Wednesday [18 November] and help to save lives by raising awareness of mouth cancer. Mouth Cancer Action Month, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation and sponsored by Denplan, is taking place throughout November and to go alongside the Blue Ribbon Appeal – the campaign’s symbol – the charity wants you to show your support for mouth cancer awareness by turning yourself blue as part of Blue Wednesday. Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr…

Mouth Cancer Myths: Knowing them can reduce our risk


Mouth cancer kills more Brits every year than cervical and testicular cancer combined yet many of us simply do not know enough about the risks to protect ourselves, a new poll1 has revealed. A new nationwide survey in aid of Mouth Cancer Action Month has found that too many of us remain unaware of the major causes of mouth cancer including; smoking, excess alcohol consumption, poor diet, oral sex and kissing. This follows new findings from Cancer Research UK showing that mouth cancer is becoming an increasingly common problem in Britain. One of the most disturbing findings from the poll was that one…

It’s not too late to get involved


Mouth Cancer Action Month is underway and if you have not registered yet then do not fear, it is not too late to get involved and show your support. The British Dental Health Foundation have made it easier than ever to get involved by making all the resources you need to plan your Mouth Cancer Action Month event available to through their website. Simply by visiting the Downloads page you can get your hands on all the information you need to support this life saving campaign. Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, highlighted how easy…

21 things you need to know about mouth cancer which could save someone’s life

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It’s November which means it is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and promoting the importance of early detection in ultimately saving lives. Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month is your chance to make a difference. By knowing the facts around mouth cancer we will have the ability to stop this disease in its tracks. We have put together 21 facts you really need to know and may shock you about mouth cancer, how many do you know? In the UK, one person is…

BE MOUTHAWARE – It could save your life


THE NUMBER OF BRITS being diagnosed with the mouth cancer has skyrocketed in recent years yet very few of us know anything about it. As a result, one leading health charity has launched a campaign to urge everybody to be more aware of the changes that occur inside the mouth while reminding us ‘if in doubt, get checked out’. Today [1 November], the British Dental Health Foundation launches Mouth Cancer Action Month in a bid to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education about the potential warning signs and symptoms, as well as the factors that…

MPs called to urgently change current HPV vaccination programme


During the launch of Mouth Cancer Action Month at the House of Commons today [Thursday 29 October] MPs were urged to consider a change in policy on human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccinations in order to stop the spread of mouth cancer in order to save thousands of lives. Campaigners believe the current vaccination programme is fundamentally flawed and have called on MP’s to extend the current vaccination programme, which currently only vaccinates girls, to include boys as well. Keynote speaker Peter Baker, Campaign Director of HPV Action, addressed the attending dignitaries and highlighted the importance of urgent changes in policy.…