Three work colleagues from the British Dental Health Foundation are planning to swap their toothbrushes for walking boots as they take part in this year's Mouth Cancer 10km Awareness Walk.
David Arnold (26), David Westgarth (27) who are both from Rugby and Doychin Sakutov (22) who lives in Coventry will embark on the 10km walk on 22nd September in Hyde Park, London, in an attempt to raise hundreds of pounds for research into mouth cancer.
More than 6,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in the UK, with current trends suggesting this figure could double within a single generation.
Senior PR and Press Officer at the Foundation, David Arnold, hopes the walk will help get more people talking about mouth cancer and help awareness of risks and symptom's of the disease.
David said: "Events such as the Mouth Cancer Awareness Walk, along with annual campaigns such as November's Mouth Cancer Action Month, really do help to take this hidden problem and place it in the spotlight.
"By taking positive action in similar fashion to recent breast and testicular cancer campaigns, we can put mouth cancer firmly in the news agenda. In highlighting key risk factors and symptoms, along with information about self-examination and oral screenings we can potentially save thousands of lives.
"The five-year survival rate of mouth cancer patients is just 50 per cent. But early diagnosis gives patients a 90 per cent chance of survival."
The walk is expected to attract people from all over the country who will all be hoping to raise much- needed funds to help in the fight to combat all head and neck cancers.
If you would like to sponsor any members of the British Dental Health Foundation on their Mouth Cancer 10km Awareness Walk, please contact them by telephone on 01788 539 792 or by email.