Mouth cancer action month is an annual, national
campaign, which highlights the importance of awareness of the early
signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.
To support the campaign this November, the
Trust's community dental service staff will be holding mini
roadshows in the dining rooms of our local hospitals:
Mouth cancer awareness blue ribbons will be on
sale (all proceeds to mouth cancer action month) at a cost of £1.
Unmanned visual displays will also be placed in the waiting
areas of community dental service clinics at Stanley Primary Care
Centre, Peterlee Health Centre, Barnard Castle Richardson Hospital,
Bishop Auckland Hospital, Crook Health Centre and Park Place Health
Centre throughout the month of November.
Hannah Thorpe, Trust senior dental officer,
said, "In County Durham and Darlington, 65 people are diagnosed
with mouth cancer every year. Too many people die from mouth cancer
and, unfortunately, it is on the increase.
"There are lots of things that we can do to help
reduce the chances of developing mouth cancer but early detection
is vital. If it's caught early, the chances of surviving mouth
cancer are very good. Unfortunately, because many mouth cancers are
initially painless, many people are unaware that they are there or
do not seek help.
"Having your mouth checked for early signs is
quick, easy and painless. If you have an ulcer in your mouth which
hasn't healed after three weeks or any lumps or bumps around your
mouth, head or neck region which haven't disappeared after four
weeks, see a dentist straight away. If in doubt, get checked
Regular mouth cancer action month updates will be added to the
Trust's Facebook site - and watch out for the blue lips around
hospital sites across the region!
For further information, please
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community