We will “walk the walk” with the Mouth Cancer Walk this September
Saturday 28th September 2019 will see Dental Review lace up their sturdiest shoes to join the crowds at the bandstand in Hyde Park for the start of the annual 10K Mouth Cancer Walk.
Raising money to help increase awareness regarding this terrible condition, 2019 will celebrate the 14th Mouth Cancer Walk organised by The Mouth Cancer Foundation, a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by mouth, head and neck cancer.
Charity Chairman Krishan Joshi says: “The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a pioneering organisation helping people through their mouth, head and neck cancer journey at the point of need. We have put in place a fantastic, hands-on team of Trustees and Ambassadors to help reach our goals.
“Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients, and through its online and telephone support service the Foundation has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity they need to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey; and communicate their shared experiences.
“It is vital that the charity continues to provide its free accessible information resources, and to ensure support is provided for those that need it. Our annual Mouth Cancer Walk is one of our most important money raising initiatives, and a great day out with like-minded, caring people.”
About mouth cancer
In the UK alone it is estimated some 60,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade. Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. Those who both smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer, and men are twice more likely to contract the condition than women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
Age is another factor. People over the age of 40 are more likely to be diagnosed, though increasing numbers of young people are now affected thanks to infection by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex. Experts predict HPV could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main cancer risk factor within the next ten years. Poor diet is linked to a third of all cases.
Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas, including the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. They are often painless so it is important to be aware of the general signs and symptoms of mouth cancer, which include:
• An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks.
• A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than three weeks.
• Difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
• Numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth.
• Feeling that something is caught in the throat.
• Chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than six weeks.
• Unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause.
Help us make a difference; please visit our donations page and give whatever you can towards a great cause http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DerekPearson4
Come rain, sleet or shine we’ll be putting our best foot forward with some amazing people, and maybe you’ll want to join in?
More information is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org,