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Getting to the meat of the cancer issue

30 October 2015

Getting to the meat of the cancer issue

Hello readers and welcome to this week’s newsletter! It was great to see so many of you at the BDIA Dental Showcase last week and, although our focus was on Healthcare CPD, it was fantastic to catch up with plenty of weekly readers of our newsletter who all gave some really positive feedback. We all promise to keep up the good work!

And now to news! In a week where there was a bit of hysteria about how eating processed meat is as likely to lead to cancer as smoking, a dose of dental hysteria when the “dangers of fillings” made headlines and a 15 year-old stole the data of millions from Talk Talk (not necessarily healthcare-related but still worth mentioning!). Going back to the first story, the tabloids jumped on the headline opportunities with relish while some more considered pieces pointed to the fact that we didn’t have to instantly stop eating sausages and bacon instantly.

There’s been another topical story on cancer that’s been gathering pace recently and it’s certainly something everyone in the dental profession can get behind, as we come into Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Getting the #BlueLipSelfies back out in force this year, the British Dental Health Foundation hope to raise much needed awareness and money for a cancer that often goes undetected as the public remains unaware of the signs and symptoms.

Like National Smile Month, Mouth Cancer Action Month is a great opportunity for dental professionals to show what they have to offer beyond the traditional dentistry associated with it.

Dentists are well-placed to spot the signs and getting on board in a coordinated manner similar to that found during National Smile Month which sees every member of the dental team getting on board. Like many other dental issues, oral cancer is an ultimately preventable disease and, like so many other preventable oral disease, making patients aware of what they need to do to spot and prevent it is vitally important.

The Chief Exec of the BDHF, Dr Nigel Carter, put it well when he said: “Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by almost 40 per cent in the last decade alone. Being on the frontline in the fight against mouth cancer, your support and participation remains instrumental in helping us combat it.”

Making social media a core of the campaign – in our interconnected world, the hope this year is to “break the internet” with their campaign – Mouth Cancer Action Month is certainly something that everyone can get behind. The Healthcare News team will certainly be taking our #bluelipselfie! Be sure to make sure you take yours.

What do you think? Will this campaign be successful and is it something that dental professionals should be taking the lead on? Comment below or send us your thoughts to Until next time…

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