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Mouth cancer ‘a mystery to the majority’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Research by Simplyhealth has found a lack of awareness of mouth cancer among the public.

According to a poll conducted by the body, 70 per cent of people do not know any of the symptoms of the disease, which is one of the most common cancers in the UK.

Spokesman for Simplyhealth James Glover stated 85 per cent of the respondents to the research were aware smoking tobacco could increase their chances of developing mouth cancer, but said people did not know of the other potential risks.

Michael Thomas, a practicing dentist, said: “As well as knowing the risks, individuals should be educated in identifying the symptoms. As with all cancers, the sooner it is identified, the better.”

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter recently claimed that awareness of mouth cancer among the general public is “staggeringly low”.

This is despite the fact survival rates for those who develop the disease can be as low as 50 per cent unless it is caught in the early stages.

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