Every November the dental community in the UK come together to raise awareness of an important issue in oral health which is Oral Cancer also known as mouth cancer. Mouth cancer has been on the rise alongside the consumption of alcohol, smoking, oral sex (human papilloma virus), diet and chewing tobacco.
To help raise awareness of Mouth Cancer, The Oral Health Foundation, a dental charity, has set up Mouth Cancer Action Month where dental professionals get together to officially raise awareness and whats better then actually providing free oral cancer screenings to everyone!
That’s we exactly did! St Raphael’s Dental Practice and The Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale, got together to provide free oral cancer screenings to the public and their staff on the 19th November. Our dentist Dr Monika Anand, Practice Manager David Noone and our Business Development Manager Hassan Mushaid, set up a small clinic in a retail outlet provided by The Concourse Shopping Centre and spent the full day giving the people of Skelmersdale all clears.
Although on the day, we did discover and referred 2 people to the hospital as there was some warning signs present. For these people it was a surprise but better to be safe and get a clearer diagnosis at the hospital. You can see how important it is to raise the awareness of Mouth Cancer!
We also gave away free dental goodie bags to every person that recieved an oral cancer screening which included 2 min tooth brushing timers, chewing gums, toothbrushes, toothpastes and much more.
Dr Monika Anand said “The oral cancer clinic turned out to be a huge success. People were delighted that they could have this type of services in a popular shopping complex as some of them have been waiting to see a dentist for many years. It really does remind you why we become dentists, to help people. I would look forward to providing this type of service again next year”
As part of providing excellent dental care, we provide oral cancer screenings as part of our dental examinations at every appointment for all our clients.
Some of the risk factors that contribute to the risk of getting mouth cancer include;
- Oral sex (HPV)
- Chewing tobacco
- Passive smoking
You can learn more about the risks associated with oral cancer please visit Mouth Cancer Website where they also have a guide at detecting the symptoms too.
If you believe you may be suffering with any of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer then please do give us a call on 01695 627617 or email us using the online contact form.