Mouth Cancer Walk Sep14

WALKING DUO FROM CHERTSEY OUT FOR MOUTH CANCER
13:00 SATURDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2014, HYDE PARK, LONDON

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“Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive suffer many disabilities with speech, swallowing and appearance being affected. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September!”
Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi

Tina Tanna, a dentist from Chertsey Surrey is taking part in the 9th annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk for the eight time.

Together with Matthew Tanna-White, she formed a duo to raise money for one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities, the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

As a long-standing supporter of the charity and a dental health professional, Tina understands the importance of raising a greater awareness of the disease which can strike anyone at any time. She says “Mouth cancer is often undiagnosed as many people are unaware of changes happening in their mouth. We really need to educate the public about the importance of visiting a dentist who can pick any warning signs up at an early stage.”

The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is taking place on Saturday, 20th September in London’s Hyde Park. People travel from all over the country to celebrate survivorship and spread the message about how important it is to detect mouth cancer early, spot the signs and know the symptoms.

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. It has a worst ratio of deaths to cases compared with skin, cervical, breast and prostate cancers and affects more men than women. Sadly, mouth cancer is also still detected too late with dire consequences.

Mouth cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus and other sites in the head and neck area.

Dr Joshi continues “The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10 KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org.

NOTES TO EDITORS
The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by head and neck cancer. Support can play a pivotal role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s online and telephone support service has given head and neck cancer patients and families the opportunity to articulate the consequences of their cancer journey and communicate their shared experiences. It is vital that the charity continues to provide free accessible information resources and ensure Mouth Cancer Foundation support is provided to those that need them.

About Mouth Cancer

  • Around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
  • In the UK, 7,700 people were diagnosed with Mouth Cancer in 2011.
  • Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of current smokers will die of a tobacco-related illness – including mouth cancer.
  • Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
  • Mouth cancer is twice more common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease.
  • Age is another factor, with people over the age of 40 more likely to be diagnosed, though more young people are now being affected than previously.
  • Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • Experts suggest the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the coming decade.
  • Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.

Symptoms include:

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  • An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause.

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org[