Dental health professionals have spoken out about the importance of detecting mouth cancer as early as possible. It is a priority to patients across the UK according to the growing fear of The Mouth Cancer Foundation. It has suggested clinics give patients free examinations to check for any signs in the hope of catching it early.
To raise awareness of nearly 8000 people in the UK with mouth cancer, Mouth Cancer Awareness Day, supported by the Mouth Cancer Foundation through their Screening Accreditation Scheme has recommended the proposals to identify members of the public who are most at risk, such as smokers.
Ever since Pat Jones lost her daughter to tongue cancer she has vowed to highlight the dangers of a cancer less familiar to the general public. Her daughter Claire, who passed away in 2007, was studying at University at Loughborough when the original diagnosis of tongue cancer occurred in 2003. A reconstructive operation made use of part of her forearm and tissue from her neck to replace the right half of her tongue.
It was discovered in 2007 however, that Clare had developed secondary bone cancer and despite undergoing chemotherapy, the MRI scan did not show any signs of the illness slowing and the disease eventually spread to her brain and took her life.
Dr Phillip Lewis understands the benefits of the screening process clinics can offer, believing it vital in the process of detecting mouth cancer at its early stages.