The Priors Dental Practice is urging people in Staffordshire and the Midlands to take advantage of advice, testing and other awareness raising activities on offer at our Penkridge practice in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month this November.
Our award winning private practice offered specialist mouth cancer testing to patients on Thursday 19th November, using advanced laser testing equipment especially bought in to the practice for the day.
Principal Dentist Dr Mark Emms explains: “Mouth Cancer Action Month is an extremely important public health campaign and we believe it is vital to do all that we can to educate people about the risk factors, signs and symptoms associated with mouth cancer.”
He adds: “Our team of dentists and hygienists would always check for known symptoms of the disease during any treatment here at the practice, but in addition we were able to hire in specialist equipment so that we could offer the very latest early detection checks on the 19th November here at the surgery.”
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign led by the Dental Health Association that is dedicated to increasing early detection and encouraging people to take action. According to campaign organisers, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year in the UK, with cases growing by more than a third in the last decade.*
Risk factors linked to the disease include tobacco use, poor diet, the Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV), alcohol and environmental tobacco smoke. However organisers behind the campaign are keen to point out that mouth cancer can affect anybody – and they say that important symptoms to look out for are non-healing mouth ulcers, red or white patches in the mouth and any unusual lumps or swellings in the lips, tongue, cheeks or throat.*
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Dental Health Association, explains: “Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by a dental professional, including dental hygienists and therapists, during a thorough mouth examination. Unfortunately, many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late; therefore, they need to be informed of the risk factors and signs early enough to make a difference.”