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Early detection of mouth cancer ‘transforms survival chances’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

People who are diagnosed with mouth cancer have a much better chance of surviving the disease if it is detected early.

Amanda Dear, head and neck Macmillan specialist at the Freeman Hospital, stated survival rates stand at around 90 per cent for those who have mouth cancer caught in its first stages, while it is only 50 per cent for those who do not.

Speaking to Newcastle newspaper the Chronicle, she explained this means screening for the disease is important and as a result staff from the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are leading a team of Foundation Dentists offering the service at locations across Tyneside.

Ms Dear said: “Anyone who has any concerns about their oral health can come along and get screened or simply speak to the staff who will be available at the sessions.”

Chagford Dental Practice in west Devon is also offering free oral health screenings today (November 16th) in a bid to detect mouth cancer in its early stages, reports the Okehampton Times.

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