So I walked 500 miles and then I walked 500 more.
Now as a team we are set to raise awareness and money for mouth cancer by taking on BM10k – Running
‘A visit to the dentist is about more than looking after our teeth and gums, it could also save your life’. This is our message to you as we get set to compete in the BM10k and raise awareness for a cause very close to their hearts – the growing cases of mouth cancer.
We will be taking to the streets of Brighton this Sunday 9 April for the Brighton Marathon 10k to improve education, as well as valuable donations, for the Oral Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action campaign.
With cases of mouth cancer in the United Kingdom increasing by a third in the last decade alone, we will be dressed as giant red mouths, we are looking to use the annual ten-kilometer race as an opportunity to address the current mouth cancer epidemic by teaching the people and visitors of our city to be aware of any changes in their mouth.
When we think about our dental check-up, we naturally believe that it is just our teeth and gums that are given a thorough examination. While this is very true, not many patients realise that we also check for far more other conditions and diseases that relate to the mouth.
During a check-up,we also carry out a visual examination for mouth cancer
Mouth cancer has been diagnosed in more than 7,000 Brits over the last year while more people now lose their life to the disease than testicular and cervical cancer combined.
We have seen first-hand the devastating impact mouth cancer can have on a person’s life.
Like any cancer, our chances our beating the disease depends on the speed at which it is caught. Unfortunately, mouth cancer remains relatively unknown and awareness of the disease remains frightfully low.
We will be running the BM10k to raise awareness, education and money for Mouth Cancer Action.
Increasing knowledge about the disease; what it is, what causes it, what to look out for, and where to go for help, we can ultimately help save lives through prevention and early detection.”
If caught early enough, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are 90%. “Early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer include mouth ulcers that have not healed within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth, or unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth, head or neck area. It’s so important for us all to be mouthaware and alert to any unusual changes in the mouth.
If you recognise any of the symptoms, please checked out by your dentist, hygienist or doctor, if you are worried book an appointment and get checked out.
If you would like to support me and the Dental Health Spa team and raise money for Mouth Cancer Action, please visit our practice’s special Moveit4smiles JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moveit4smiles or pop in we have as sponsor sheet on the desk.
Thanks in anticipation, or please give us a shut on the day, you won’t miss us. I will be the last over the finishing line, dragging my tongue along the pavement.