Open lecture will highlight warning signs of mouth cancer
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.