Article: Volume 44 Number 6 Page 549 - June 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 549-556

Oral medicine:  Let’s Talk about Mouth Cancer − The Story and the Facts

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Abstract: Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer is a Scottish charity set up by a group of healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the prognosis of a patient diagnosed with mouth cancer. This article will present the charity’s award winning oral health campaigns and the various methods used to empower patients with skills and knowledge to catch mouth cancer early. The social media platforms used in the campaign and the demographic engaged will be discussed, along with the knowledge of mouth cancer signs, symptoms, risk factors and current practice of self-examination in Scotland.

Clinical relevance: The incidence of mouth cancer is on the rise in the UK. Dental care professionals in primary and secondary care should be aware of the barriers to early detection, and help to raise awareness of the disease.

Author notes: Niall Mc Goldrick, BDS, MFDS RCSEd, Core Trainee, Dundee Dental Hospital, Orna Ni Choileain, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCSEd, Medical Student, Trinity College, Dublin, Ewan C MacKessack-Leitch, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCPSG, General Dental Practitioner, Glenrothes, Scotland, Stephanie Sammut, MClinDent, FDS(OS) RCPSG, Consultant in Oral Surgery, Dundee Dental Hospital, Victor Lopes, PhD, FRCS, Professor and Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Edinburgh, UK.

Objective: To assist in raising awareness of mouth cancer.