Supported by the insurance company Denplan, the aim is to raise awareness of one simple fact – 6,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year alone, with around 30,000 people dying from the disease over the next decade. But it can be prevented by proper oral hygiene, dental care and lifestyle changes.
The launch will start with a gathering of MPs and other interested parties. Speeches will be made by a number of leading lights in the dental profession. These include the chief executive of the BDHF, Dr. Nigel Carter, President Daniel Davis and Dr. Saman Warnakulasuriya. Also due to make a speech is a former mouth cancer sufferer Cllr Sally Bragg.
Speaking with reporters, Dr. Carter said: “Getting people to talk about mouth cancer is incredibly important.
“We have had a tremendous response to the campaign, particularly in the last couple of years, but we must work harder to ensure this year’s campaign can build on that success.
“The launch will be a fitting way to kick-start the month. It is a breathtaking setting of which to stage such an event, and I hope to see many of the well-known figures in dentistry there–from members of the trade press to those involved directly in the profession; all of who can help raise awareness of mouth cancer.”
Mouth or oral cancer is in large part preventable. Simply stopping smoking or ingesting any form of tobacco can cut the risk phenomenally. Other preventable causes include excessive drinking and too much exposure to ultraviolet light. The latter is often a major cause of lip cancer.
A weakened immune system is also a major risk factor.
As well as changes in lifestyle, dentists advocate regular dental check ups as well as checking for potential signs such as ulcers that don’t heal themselves.
And of course, the old valuable advice – eat healthily.