Mouth cancer 'is a major hidden killer'

16 October 2012

People can improve their chances of surviving mouth cancer by catching the disease as early as possible.

This is the opinion of Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), who pointed out that mouth cancer is "one of the hidden killers" posed to human beings at the moment.

Furthermore, the medical professional acknowledged that the life-threatening disease is a major problem as many people do not realise that they can suffer from cancer in the mouth.

However, the fact that the rate of mouth cancer has increased by 41 per cent over the last decade alone should underline the health risk that this disease presents.

Dr Carter was keen to state though: "Survival rates for mouth cancer have improved over the last 35 years and still, one in two people that are diagnosed with mouth cancer are actually going to die of it."

The medical expert hopes that strategies such as the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign can raise even more awareness of this severe disease.

Set up by the BDHF, Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to educate people about the risk factors and early warning signs of mouth cancer.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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