November is Mouth Cancer Action Month 2014

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Book in for a FREE Mouth Cancer Check in Bournemouth at Shelley Manor Dental in November.

Shelley Manor Dental is getting behind Mouth Cancer Action Month this November to help check for symptoms of a disease that, without early detection, could claim 30,000 lives over the next decade.

Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation and sponsored by Denplan, Mouth Cancer Action Month promotes the message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’ in a bid to save thousands of lives through early detection.

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by a dentist during a mouth examination and, if caught early, there is a 90 percent chance of survival. Dental teams are also in the ideal position to share information about the risks and symptoms of mouth cancer with their patients.

With this in mind we are welcoming new patients for a free mouth cancer check throughout November. Existing patients already receive a mouth cancer examination as part of every routine check up, which we recommend every six months.

“The mouth cancer check will involve a soft tissue check as well as discussing any concerns the patient may have such as mouth ulcers that haven’t healed within three weeks, red or white patches or other unusual lumps or swellings in their mouth.”

“It is well documented that early detection saves lives,” said Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation.  The number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK has significant increased over the last decade, with latest figures showing 6,767 new cases a year (Cancer Research UK 2014).

This means it’s never been more important to follow the campaign message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’ and take advantage of the free mouth cancer checks taking place at the practice.”

To book your FREE mouth cancer screening this November at Shelley Manor Dental call 01202 443882.

Note: A mouth cancer check is to look for mouth cancer only and does not replace a normal dental check-up. Mouth cancer checks may vary but would typically consist of an examination of the face, neck, tongue, gums, lips, inside cheeks, and the roof and floor of the mouth.

For more information about the campaign, please visit www.mouthcancer.org