Open lec­ture will highlight warn­ing signs of mouth cancer

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

An open pub­lic lec­ture on how to iden­tify pos­si­ble signs of mouth cancer is to be held this evening at the Dundee Den­tal School.

The Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer group, whose pa­trons in­clude for­mer Scot­tish rugby in­ter­na­tional Scott Hast­ings, will host the free event in the den­tal school as part of mouth cancer aware­ness month.

Con­sul­tant oral sur­geon, Ms Stephanie Sam­mut of NHS Tay­side, said: “This event is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to learn how to self-ex­am­ine and spot the signs of mouth cancer.

“Early de­tec­tion is key and can lead to a higher chance of sur­vival – the ear­lier mouth cancer is de­tected the quicker it can be treated.

“Al­though most mouth con­di­tions are not can­cer­ous, if you spot any­thing un­usual such as a lump or ul­cer which lasts longer than two weeks, you should con­sult with a den­tist or doc­tor.”

The lec­ture will be­gin at 5.30pm and will be re­peated at 7pm. It will be given by char­ity trustees Niall McGoldrick, Ewan MacKes­sack-Leitch and Pro­fes­sor Vic­tor Lopes.

Mr Ian Rankin will also lead a dis­cus­sion dur­ing the event, de­tail­ing the af­ter­math of the po­ten­tially deadly dis­ease.

Mr Rankin’s wife died af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with mouth cancer and he will share the jour­ney he un­der­took with his wife dur­ing her treat­ment, as well as re­in­forc­ing the im­por­tance of check­ing for mouth cancer.

Scot­land has the high­est rate of mouth cancer in the UK and in­ci­dence rates have risen by 90% in the last two decades.

Sur­vival is dra­mat­i­cally im­proved by early di­ag­no­sis and this year’s em­pha­sis is on “self­check­ing” for symp­toms.

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