Throughout November, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Dental team will be raising awareness of mouth cancer and how people can reduce the risk of it developing with a number of informative events across Leeds.

In the UK, more than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2013. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade and is predicted to increase further in coming years. The Community Dental team will be focused on increasing the public’s knowledge of the condition and the ways in which it can be identified.

Kathy Fox, Dental Team Leader, said: “Mouth cancer can affect anyone. If people learn what to look out for and live a healthier lifestyle, then the risk of developing mouth cancer can be reduced.”

Mouth cancer occurs when something goes wrong with the normal cell lifecycle, causing them to grow and reproduce uncontrollably. One of the lesser known cancers, mouth cancer, if diagnosed early, can be cured through a combination of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.

The Community Dental Team will be in the following locations during November:

Thursday 6 November – Raising awareness at St George’s Crypt, Leeds City Centre between 11am and 1pm

Thursday 13 November – Raising awareness at St George’s Centre, Leeds City Centre between 9.30am and 4pm

Wednesday 19 November – Toothbrush swap, games and afternoon tea at St Richards Church, Seacroft between 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Monday 24 November – Free mouth screening at Compton Centre in Harehills between 9am and 4.30pm*

Tuesday 25 November – Raising awareness at Asda in Middleton between 10.30am and 4pm

Wednesday 26 November – Free mouth screening at Beeston Hill Dental Clinic between 9am and 4.30pm*

Thursday 27 November – Free mouth screening for clients of York Street Practice between 10.15am and 12.30pm*

The NHS Choices website provide further information about mouth cancer at www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cancer-of-the-mouth/

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