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November is mouth cancer action month

Mouth cancer action month

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:

  • Wednesday 12 November at the University Hospital of North Durham (12 - 2 pm)
  • Wednesday 19 November at Bishop Auckland Hospital (11am - 2 pm)
  • Tuesday 25 November at Darlington Memorial Hospital (11am - 2pm).

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 out!"

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!

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital