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Mouth cancer awareness ‘remains staggeringly low’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Dental patients have been told now is a good time to make an appointment to see their dentist to get their teeth and gums checked out.

According to the British Dental Health Federation, there is still a lack of awareness of mouth cancer, with chief executive of the body Dr Nigel Carter describing understanding of the risks of the condition as “staggeringly low”.

He noted survival rates of the disease can be as low as just 50 per cent, but this improves to 90 per cent if the cancer is detected early enough.

“Booking a check up is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth,” said Dr Carter, who added a dentist will be able to spot any signs of mouth cancer during an appointment.

Dr Lara Bennett, science communication manager at the Association for International Cancer Research, recently pointed out oral cancers are often linked to smoking.

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