It is estimated that 60,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer within the next 10 years in the UK, and without early detection half of those will not survive the disease. Raising awareness of the increasingly common form of cancer is vital and, yesterday 14 June 2015, Louise Chidlow, Dental Advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, reached neigh heights in an effort to increase mouth cancer awareness.
Mum-of-two Louise jumped out of a place at around 10,000ft as part of a charity skydiving event. She had felt it important to highlight the issue as she has seen mouth cancer rates increase by 50% since she first started working for the charity ten years ago.
She said: “I felt no fear when it came to jumping out of a place but nothing could prepare me for the overwhelming experience. The main thing I will remember will be the noise when in freefall where we reached speeds of up to 120mp. It was deafening and I could hardly catch my breath, but when the parachute opened everything was so peaceful. It was truly an amazing experience.
“Being on the frontline of dental health, I know the issues being faced on a daily basis by the public so saw this opportunity as a unique chance to really drive home the mouth cancer action message and raise awareness of the risks and symptoms.”
Offering free and impartial advice on a whole range of topics relating to your oral health, Louise operates as part of the Dental Helpline which has answered more than 350,000 enquiries since its creation 15 years ago.
A truly charitable service, which makes a difference by providing an invaluable resource in education and awareness of oral health and wellbeing, the Dental Helpline is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you need any urgent advice concerning your oral health, don’t hesitate to give them a call on 01788 539780.
Having previously ticked bungee jumping off her bucket list, Louise has so far well exceeded her target to raise £400 through her JustGiving page and is planning to continue her daredevil antics with wing walking on the horizon.