By Simplyhealth UK
We are excited to be sponsoring Mouth Cancer Action Month alongside our colleagues at Denplan. The campaign is running throughout November to help people be better informed about mouth cancer, its symptoms and what can be done to minimise the risks.
The risk of mouth cancer has increased by nearly 50% in the last decade so it is becoming even more important for people to be aware of the symptoms and causes of the disease. When we conducted our Annual Dental Survey 2012 we discovered that 70% of British Adults were unaware of any of the symptoms of mouth cancer. This shows just how important this campaign is in raising awareness.
What can you do to keep your mouth healthy?
It is important to visit the dentist for regular check ups, a dentist can help identify the early signs of mouth cancer. 57% of British Adults questioned for our Annual Dental Survey 2012 did not feel that their dentist checked for signs of cancer during their annual check up. If you feel that your dentist has not looked for any signs of mouth cancer you can ask them on your next visit.
There are several key risks that have been identified in increasing the chances of mouth cancer:
•Excessive alcohol consumption
•Human Papillomavirus (HPV virus)
We have worked with the British Dental Health Foundation to produce a downloadable information guide on the risks and the warning signs. Download your copy here.
How can you support Mouth Cancer Action Month?
We are supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month because it is a cause very close to the heart of what we do. There are many things that you can do to get involved with the campaign.
Dentists are being encouraged to get their patients thinking about mouth cancer to both help spot the signs and to take measures to help prevent developing the disease.
To find out more visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month website.
Although we can try to prevent the disease there will unfortunately still be cases diagnosed and you will want to know that you are in safe hands should this happen. Our dental plan has a one off payment for those diagnosed with mouth cancer. This kind of support can make a big difference should you or someone you know sadly develop this kind of cancer.
Support Mouth Cancer Action Month and help us raise the profile of the disease so that more people can be diagnosed early.