How your practice can support
Mouth Cancer Action Month

1st - 30th November

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month; an initiative run by the Oral Health Foundation.

It’s important that we all do our bit to help support mouth cancer awareness by promoting to patients the importance of oral health and ‘being mouth aware’ in order to reduce the number of lives lost to mouth cancer.

What patients need to know

The key message to get across to patients is:

if in doubt, get checked out

Ensure patients are aware of the signs and symptoms not to ignore:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth or head and neck area

Inform them that if they notice any of these symptoms, they must tell their dentist or doctor immediately.

It is also important to stress the risk factors involved with mouth cancer as 91% of all diagnoses are linked to lifestyle:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Poor diet
  • Chewing or smokeless tobacco
  • Second-hand smoke

Get involved

Head over to www.mouthcancer.org. Here you will find everything you need.

Ideas on how your practice can get involved include:

  • Providing oral health checks and mouth cancer examinations – for example, holding an afternoon session at the local community centre
  • Holding a practice open day to help raise funds
  • Fundraising activities such as walks and runs
  • Taking part in the #bluelipselfie social media campaign
  • Getting on board with Blue Wednesday – November 18th – have a blue dress down day to raise money.

Let’s all do our bit to help reach the maximum number of people with the Oral Health Foundation’s messages of education, prevention and early detection to reduce the number of lives effected by mouth cancer.