November is Mouth Cancer Action month. the charity’s aim is to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their dental professional. Mouth cancer can occur on the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat as well as in the mouth.
The disease has grown by a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years. 7000 people in the UK were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. Early detection could save your life. If you notice any changes in your mouth please speak to a dentist or doctor immediately.
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in the UK. However, the traditional ethnic habits of chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous.
The Blue Lip Selfie encourages everyone to wear blue lips as a visible sign of support for mouth cancer.
Visit our Facebook page for more information on this years Mouth Cancer action month campaign.