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Spread the word on mouth cancer this November

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  Posted by: The Probe      15th November 2019

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation on awareness during Mouth Cancer Action Month.

In a few months’ time, we will be greeting a brand-new decade. A fresh canvas for us to paint a brighter landscape than the one in our rear-view mirror.

We know that in the last 10 years, mouth cancer cases have grown by around 50 per cent. It’s a very upsetting thought to consider that more and more lives have been irreparably changed as a result of the disease.

We should use this as motivation to head into the 2020s and take more steps forward in our fight against mouth cancer as we look to eradicate the disease in the UK.

As a profession, we are in a fantastic position to make a real difference to the impact of mouth cancer. If there is ever a time for us to come together to influence the nation’s awareness of the disease, then Mouth Cancer Action Month is the time.

During the campaign this November, there are different ways we can put mouth cancer on the map. No matter how you choose to support Mouth Cancer Action Month, you will ultimately be helping to save lives.

Get involved in fundraising

Why not become a fundraiser in aid of Mouth Cancer Action Month? There are so many fundraising activities you can get involved in. Whether you choose to take on a challenge such as a skydive or organise an event like a quiz night, or even host a bake sale – whatever it may be, your support can help raise vital funds during the campaign so that we can spread key information about the disease as far and wide as possible.

Fundraising events are also great team-building activities and can help you grow your reputation in your local community.

Every year we spend over £100,000 on Mouth Cancer Action Month and as an entirely self-funded charity, we greatly rely on the generosity of our supporters to help spread awareness of this life-threatening disease.

Educate and encourage

Raising awareness of mouth cancer is a responsibility we should all carry with us. Additionally, it’s something that we can all contribute too.

While we are in a great position to make a difference, there will be many adults in your local community that are not registered with a local dentist. So, some members of the community may be out of reach.

We should be encouraging people, with whom we have shared key mouth cancer information with, to do the same. To share with friends, family and colleagues to further the spread of awareness in their community.

They can also help us directly by donating to the official Mouth Cancer Action appeal at www.mouthcancer.org. All donations are gratefully received and will help to put a halt to rising mouth cancer cases as we head into a new decade.


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