CDS Wears Something Blue for Mouth Cancer Action Month
Community Dental Services (CDS) CIC supported Mouth Cancer Action Month by joining in Blue Wednesday.
On 18 November, employees from CDS Bedford wore blue for work and have been talking to local people and patients about Mouth Cancer and how to check for the signs and symptoms.
Sue Jordan, CDS Assistant Director for Public Health said:
"Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. In the last year those diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK increased more than a third compared to a decade ago.
But if you catch it early the odds are good with 9 out of 10 surviving mouth cancer with early detection"
As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, and given that early detection is so crucial for survival, it's extremely important that we all know what to look out for. Three signs and symptomsNOTto ignore are:
- Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks
- Red and white patches in the mouth
- Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area
If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.