Free Mouth Cancer Screening at Cardiff Bay Retail Park
Come and join the Bamboo team at Cardiff Bay Retail Park on Saturday, August 30th on behalf of the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
Dan will be examining patient’s mouths for free in a mobile clinic in the retail park car park to help raise the awareness of Mouth Cancer.
Mouth Cancer is something that many people in the UK are unaware of and with the number of cases expected to double within the next few years, more needs to be done to educate the public.
Dan said: “Educating as many people within our community as possible about the risk factors, as well as the early warning signs, will help us win the fight against mouth cancer in the long run.
“I will be examining patients for free at the mobile dental clinic and I hope to see lots people taking this seriously by attending regular dental checkups. Come down and join us to find out how you can prevent mouth cancer.”
The event will run from 9am.
Mouth cancers are becoming more common in people in the UK over the age of 40. This increase in mouth cancer cases is particularly high in men, although research shows that mouth cancer is also on the rise in women and younger patients. There are, on average, almost 6,500 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year and this figure is expected to increase.
Over 1,900 people in the UK die from mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was discovered early enough. Statistically, death rates are higher among mouth cancer patients than patients suffering from cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer.
Most cases of oral cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in the UK. Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are consumed together the risk is even greater. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.
Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body.
For more information on Mouth Cancer and to find out how you can help visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.