Calls for cancer checks

Dental practices called to perform thorough mouth cancer checks

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Calls for better mouth cancer checks

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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