There are calls for dental practices across the region to perform thorough mouth cancer checks on their patients.
It's as new figures show that there was a 50 per cent rise in the disease between 1999 and 2007. This month has been dedicated to raising awareness of the symptoms.
- 5,40, new cases in 2007. Predicted to 9,000 in 2030
- 87% cases occur in the over 50 age group
- Becoming more common in younger people
- Mortality rates are around 50% despite treatment
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A brighter, mild but windy afternoon with occasional showers. Unsettled start on Sunday with a mix of sun and showers later, feeling cooler
British Summer Time begins on Sunday. We may lose an hour in bed but the sun won't set until around 7.35 pm on Sunday evening