Raising awareness of oral cancer

MAIN Raising awareness of oral cancer
l-r dental health support worker Gillian Soutar with oral health educators Leanne Stewart and Cheryl Ferguson

The Oral Health Improvement team was in the Overgate Centre as part of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month.

The team chatted to members of the public about the importance of brushing your teeth, mouth care and regular dental check-ups.

Oral cancers in Scotland are among the fastest rising cancers in Scotland and kill more than three times as many people as car accidents.

Dentists play a vital role in detecting oral cancers. Mouth cancer screening is included in your routine dental check up and early detection can save lives.

Last year, the British Dental Association (BDA) published an Oral Cancer Action Plan that sets out the key trends in oral cancer, including incidence, mortality and estimated costs, and is structured around three key themes: prevention, early detection and joined-up services.

BDA has also developed a factsheet which outlines some of the key definitions, epidemiology, risk factors and prevention measures.  For more information you can also visit the oral cancer section on BDA website.

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