Battling against mouth cancer

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THE battle to clamp down on mouth cancer will be waged this month by health chiefs in Hartlepool.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is sending out its oral health promotion team for question and answer sessions around the Tees Valley.

Team members will raise awareness of the signs of mouth cancer and how to prevent it. All this comes during Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Oral health promotion co-ordinator Wendy McGee said: “People can reduce the risk of mouth cancer by stopping smoking, only drinking the recommended limit of alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet.

“They should check their mouth regularly for symptoms such as red or white patches in their mouth.

“And people should visit their dentist or GP immediately if they notice anything abnormal.”

The oral health promotion team will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions on how mouth cancer can be prevented.

They will also offer help on how people can look after their teeth and mouth.

The promotional visit comes to Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, on Thursday, November 22, from 1pm to 3pm.

Mouth cancer patients have a 50 per cent chance of surviving for five years, but early diagnosis increases this to 90 per cent.

Regular visits to the dentist will help to spot the signs and self examination will also help.

The signs to look out for include:

l Ulcers which do not heal within three weeks;

l Red and white patches in the mouth;

l Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth.

To find out more, visit http://www.mouthcancer.org