Here are some facts.
In 2012, there were approximately 7,300 new cases of oral cancer in the UK, that’s 20 people a day.
That figure has risen by a quarter in the last decade and oral cancer is in the top ten cancers in the UK.
Your chances of being around 5 years after diagnosis are roughly 50% and that survival figure hasn’t improved much in decades.
And yet 75% of oral cancers involve cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. Late presentation of symptoms often mean the cancer has spread by the time a patient seeks advice.
So, I always tell my patients – the best advice I can ever give you is DON’T SMOKE. Stick to recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption* and visit a dentist who screens for oral cancer. If you have an ulcer in your mouth for 3 weeks seek advice immediately, it could save your life.
The new guidelines for alcohol consumption are the same for men and women – no more than 14 units per week. That’s only 6 pints (of 4% beer) or 6 small glasses of 13% wine. Spread consumption over the week and have drink-free days.
For more information check out www.drinkaware.co.uk/