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Oral cancer rise warning

14th November 2006

09072006_wine1.jpgBritain's growing drinks culture could cause the number of mouth cancer cases to soar, according to a leading oral health charity.

Mouth cancer kills one person every five hours in the UK, and people who drink excessive alcohol are four times more likely to develop the disease. Heavy drinkers who also smoke can be up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer, say the British Dental Health Foundation.

The foundation said that while most people recognise the link between smoking and oral cancer, many don't realise the risk of excessive alcohol consumption.

As binge drinking continues to rise, more people are combining alcohol with so-called social smoking, ignorant of the increased risks associated with it.

The warning came during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week which aims to halt the rise in the number of people suffering with mouth cancer.

The campaign is using the tagline 'If in doubt, get checked out' to persuade people to check their mouths regularly for any changes.

The first sign of mouth cancer can often be something seemingly harmless such as an ulcer that won't heal, a lump or a red or white patch in the mouth. Those showing any signs should see their GP or dentist.

Early detection of the condition increases survival chances from just one in two to nine out of 10.

The British Dental Health Foundation spoke out after government statistics revealed the number of alcohol related deaths in the UK has almost doubled since 1991.





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Vinod Joshi

Thursday 16th November 2006 @ 20:20

The Mouth Cancer Foundation website provides patients, carers and health professionals with easy access to comprehensive information on head and neck cancers and mouth cancer awareness campaigns.

www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation Online Support Group provides practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers. chat.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1109298).


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