Oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) will launch its month-long campaign, Mouth Cancer Action Month, at the House of Commons today (Tuesday 28 October).
Sponsored by Denplan, the mouth cancer campaign will be officially launched by the Rt. Hon. Sir Paul Beresford and will feature an announcement about this year’s theme – the blue lip selfie.
This year’s campaign is all about making people mouth aware. The BDHF believes that if people are aware of changes in their mouth – in particular ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks, lumps or swellings and red and white patches in the mouth, they are more likely to act quickly.
Chief Executive of the BDHF, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “The blue lip selfies are a really good way of getting people interested in what the campaign is about. The reality is we are facing more cases and more deaths from mouth cancer than ever before, and we need the help of the profession to curb these statistics.
“If more people are made aware of the dangers of tobacco use, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet and human papillomavirus (HPV), they will have a greater understanding of the risks they take. Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November, so use the opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and catch a killer disease.”
For more information about the campaign, click here.