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Prevention is key in Mouth Cancer Action month


This November is Mouth Cancer Action month, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation. 5000 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and 2000 die from it. The key message for this year's Mouth Cancer Action month is, “If in doubt, get it checked out”.


Michael Thomas of Simplyhealth advises, "There are some key lifestyle choices you can make to protect yourself against mouth cancer. The biggest is not smoking, as tobacco is the most common cause of cancer. Drinking over the recommended daily amount of alcohol also increases the risk, and if you smoke at the same time it will increase your mouth's absorption of the tobacco. People who drink and smoke to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer. Taking care over your diet and making sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will help to lower the risk. It is also vital that you visit your dentist on a regular basis, as they will look for signs of mouth cancer and could make an early diagnosis."


Dental insurance: News update: 8 November 2010


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