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Mouth cancer sufferers sign e-petition for exemption from charges

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Close to 1,000 people have signed an e-petition that calls for individuals suffering from mouth cancer to be exempt from paying dental charges.

People with mouth cancer currently have no guarantee to receive restorative treatment paid for by the NHS.

It was stated by the British Dental Health Foundation that restorative surgery means many sufferers of the disease face a poor quality of life, while research has suggested that a large percentage of long-term survivors cope with persistent poor oral health, eating problems and even depression.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the foundation, said: “It is the foundation’s belief that the current situation faced by mouth cancer sufferers is highly unfair and completely unacceptable.”

He added it is a step too far to compound the existing concerns of sufferers with dental charges.

Data from the NHS states that mouth cancer is an uncommon cancer accounting for 1 in 50 of all cases of cancer, while there were just over 6,200 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK during 2009.

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