Mouth Cancer Action Month - November 2011
3rd November 2011
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November 2011 is Mouth Action Cancer Month

Make sure you have a check up with your dentist, today. Or talk to thebestofexeter member, Spicer Road Dental Practice, here

Here are some shocking stats:

How many cases?

• Latest recorded figures (2008) figures show 5,790 new cases of mouth cancer a year are diagnosed in the UK.

• The number of annual mouth cancer cases increased by a staggering 45.9% between 1997 and 2008.

• In the UK, Scotland has the highest mouth cancer incidence rate of all the countries.

• Worldwide, an estimated 405,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

• The latest figures show that cancer of the lip is three times more common in men than in women.

• 87% of cases in the UK occur in people aged 50 or over.

Some shocking statistics

• 1,822 people died from mouth cancer in 2008. 

• Under half of those diagnosed survive beyond five years of diagnosis.

• Over two thirds of mouth cancer cases are detected at a late stage, reducing chances of survival.

• Early detection transforms survival chances to more than 90%.

• Mouth cancer kills more people than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined.

What are the risk factors?

• Tobacco use and drinking alcohol are the main risk factors and account for around three in four cases of mouth cancers.

• People who both drink and use tobacco to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the condition.

• Non-smokers who are exposed to second hand smoke at home or at work are two thirds more likely to develop the disease.

• Mouth cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, though an increasing number of young people are developing the condition.

• 50 years ago mouth cancer was five times more common in men than women. Now it is only twice as common.

• US studies relate the human papilloma virus (HPV) to more than 20,000 cancer cases in the past five years.

• The possibility of mouth cancer remains higher for ex-smokers for 20 years or more after quitting when compared to non-smokers.

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