Taking action on Mouth Cancer

Mouth Cancer Action Month is a campaign organised by the Oral Health Foundation which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.  

The very first mouth cancer campaign was introduced in 1998. In 2003 it was handed over to the Oral Health Foundation and was rebranded to become Mouth Cancer Awareness Week. In addition to facing growing changes in the way society viewed links associated with mouth cancer, such as tobacco, alcohol and sex, Mouth Cancer Awareness Week also faced challenges in educating people about what to look for – an issue that continues to this very day. It was then that the slogan ‘If in doubt, get checked out’ was first formed. Accompanied by increased press and media activity, Mouth Cancer Awareness Week urged everybody to visit their dentist if they found a mouth ulcer that had been present for more than three weeks, an unusual lump or swellings or red and white patches in the mouth.

Despite the hard work of the campaign the number of mouth cancer sufferers continued…

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