Two people die every week from mouth cancer

September 17th, 2014 by , posted in Uncategorized

Two people die every week from mouth cancer

Wednesday 17th September 2014. Today is Mouth Cancer Awareness Day and members of the public, are being urged to avail of free mouth cancer examinations at over 500 dental surgeries all over the country and at Cork University Dental Hospital.

Three hundred cases of mouth cancer are detected in Ireland annually while approximately 100 people die from it every year. That means two Irish people are dying from this disease every week. This is the fifth year of the campaign to highlight mouth cancer and over the four awareness days to date 22 cases of mouth cancer have been diagnosed.

Dr Gillian Smith from the Irish Dental Association said the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer day include a sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.

“Other signs are white or red patches inside the mouth, a lump in the mouth or neck or a persistent sore throat or hoarseness. The cause of mouth cancer is not fully known but your risk is greater if you smoke or consume excess alcohol, especially spirits.

I would urge members of the public, especially those who may not have visited a dentist in a while to avail of an oral examination. It’s free and only takes five minutes. Early diagnosis of this disease greatly enhances the chances of successful treatment” Dr Smith said.

To find a list of participating dentists in your area log on to www.mouthcancerawareness.ie .

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is a joint initiative by the Irish Dental Association, Irish Cancer Society, Dublin Dental University Hospital, Cork Dental University Hospital, the Dental Health Foundation and Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Ireland.