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Oral cancer deaths predicted to rise

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Research by the British Dental Health Foundation has found deaths from oral cancer are going to become more common in the coming years.

Data collected by the organisation showed the expected deaths from oral cancer is set to rise by 22 per cent by 2030.

This is in contrast with figures released by Cancer Research UK, which stated there will be a 17 per cent fall overall by 2030 in the number of deaths from cancer.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, stated a lot of individuals do not know the symptoms of mouth cancer and awareness of the disease needs to improve.

“This is why Mouth Cancer Action Month is such a vital campaign and we provide help and resources to medical professionals, organisations and the public through our website,” he said.

Figures from the foundation shows there are on average almost 6,000 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year, while the number of cases of oral cancer is rising.

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