Read our Press release below about our work in Dundee this Mouth Cancer Awareness Month!
Subtitle: School of Dentistry marks Mouth Cancer Action Month by encouraging everyone to #mouthcheck
Students from the University of Dundee School of Dentistry have teamed up with a Scottish charity to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer – and how to detect them.
Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, a charity which works to improve mouth cancer survival rates by promoting early detection, will work with students to teach people around Dundee how to examine themselves for signs of mouth cancer.
Outreach events will be held in several spots around the city on the 15th and 16th November – including outside Dundee University Students’ Union (DUSA), the concourse at Ninewells Hospital, in the Dundee City Centre, and at Dundee International Women’s Centre.
Throughout the month of November, patients visiting School of Dentistry’s Accident & Emergency department will also be taught the examination process, and invited to complete a survey on their knowledge levels about mouth cancer and which behaviours leave them at higher risk.
A group of final year dental students are also taking the campaign to the streets in Inverness.
Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer has produced a short video demonstrating how you can easily check your own mouth for symptoms of the disease. Take a look below:
Dr Stephanie Sammut, Consultant in Oral Surgery at Dundee Dental Hospital and secretary of Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, said:
Many patients attending our dental A&E tend to be poor attenders at the dentist and often are erratic users of health services. It is vital that these patients are empowered to self examine their mouths to pick up any changes early on – this could be life saving……. The clue’s in our name “let’s talk about mouth cancer”
Lauren McKirdy , one of the students due to take part in the outreach activity, said:
I know myself and my fellow students are excited to volunteer again with Lets talk about mouth cancer. Last years’ campaign was fun and I felt we engaged with lots of people. We are keen to maximise this opportunity to take a more holistic and community based approach to our professional activities. We hope that improving mouth cancer awareness is one of the ways we can help to reduce health inequalities.
Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, in collaboration with the Dundee & Perth branch of the British Dental Association, will host a free lecture for dental professionals and students on Tuesday 15th November. ‘Let’s talk about HPV! Human Papilloma Virus in disease and oral carcinogenesis’ will run at 1730 and then again at 1900 in the Almond Room, Dundee Dental Education Centre.
For more information on Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, follow our activity on Twitter @couldbeUrmouth, or using #mouthcheck.