Campaigns & activities Mouth Cancer Action Month Mouth Cancer Action Month Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and save lives by promoting the values of prevention and early detection. The campaign is about making everybody more mouthaware and in November, we will be highlighting the risk factors and signs and symptoms associated with the disease. By communicating the causes of mouth cancer, we can encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce the number of people diagnosed with the disease. It is also important that we can recognise the early warning signs so that we can act on any unusual changes in the mouth as soon as possible. The importance of Mouth Cancer Action Month In the UK, more than 8.300 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and globally there are in excess of 300,000 new cases every year. The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years. Although risk factors (such as smoking and alcohol) are responsible for many mouth cancers, it is a disease that can affect anyone. That is why it is so important we all know what to look out for. Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks. Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth. Regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything out of the ordinary. Please help us by promoting these messages. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate. Book an appointment with a dentist or doctor. Quick action is very often life-saving. Join us and get involved with Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018 This year, whether you are on your own or as part of a team, we want you to be part of the campaign. Your support makes a real difference and helps us reach so many more people with messages of mouth cancer. Here are some of the most effective ways you can join in with the campaign: Fundraising and sponsored activities Become a Mouth Cancer Action Campaign Ambassador Blue Ribbon Appeal Events, talks and displays Donate Please select a donation amount (required) £10 Allows us to provide information on the major signs and symptoms of mouth cancer to those most at risk of the disease. Smoking and drinking to excess are two of the major causes of mouth cancer and by making people aware of this we can help them catch cases early. £20 Will go a long way to ensure we can continue to campaign for mouth cancer action. We must reduce the number of lives lost to the disease - awareness and early diagnosis is key and your donation can help us achieve this. £50 Allows us to go out and visit somebody who has been diagnosed with mouth cancer. It is important for those diagnosed with mouth cancer that their voices are heard. Being able to have face-to-face contact offers them support and a chance to open up about their experiences. Quite often, those affected by mouth cancer have a determination to raise awareness of the disease so that it causes less harm to others and we want to help them achieve this. Other Set up a regular payment Donate Useful links: About mouth cancer Impact of mouth cancer Supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month Mouth Cancer Action Month is sponsored by Simplyhealth Professionals and supported by Dentists' Provident. We are proud and delighted to be working alongside both our partners. Their commitment and passion for raising awareness of mouth cancer is vital to the success of our campaign.