Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 16th Sept 2020
Please Support Mouth Cancer Awareness Day on Wednesday 16th September 2020
Mouth Cancer Awareness Day (MCAD) takes place on Wednesday 16th September and is an annual campaign run by the Mouth Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Ireland Group.
Over 700 cases of mouth, head and neck cancer are diagnosed every year in Ireland, and this figure has been steadily increasing in recent years. While Mouth, Head & Neck Cancer can occur at any age, the majority of mouth cancers are diagnosed in the over 55’s, regardless of whether or not they still have their own natural teeth or may be wearing dentures.
This year we are specifically targeting people over the age of 55. We are advising the older population and their carers to be particularly mindful of the early signs of mouth cancer and to seek advice and treatment from their dentist or doctor.
We are inviting all community and voluntary organisations who work with people over the age of 55 to promote awareness of Mouth cancer on Wednesday 16th September.
1. Promote public and professional awareness of Mouth Head & Neck Cancer.
2. Tell people how to reduce the risk of this disease.
3. Promote early detection to improve potential outcomes.
4. Encourage people to check their mouth.
Early detection of mouth cancer improves treatment and outcomes:
“If you have a sore, ulcer, lump in your mouth, a sore throat or neck lump for more than 3 weeks, ring your dentist or doctor to get it checked.”
How you can take part:
Please share the following on your social media using #MouthCancerDay
- New Website www.mouthcancer.ie which provides information, videos and pictures of how to maintain good oral health, how to reduce the risk of mouth cancer and identify the signs of mouth cancer.
- Videos: See Patients stories here
- Motion Graphic
- Share the Infographic on your social media channels using the hashtag #MouthCancerDay
- Like the Mouth Cancer Awareness Facebook page
- Look out for media coverage online and engage.
- Information leaflet: ‘Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer – what you should know’
- Order Irish Cancer Society leaflets here:
- Download ‘Watch Your Mouth Leaflet, and other resources here
Call to Action:
1. Check your mouth before you brush your teeth.
2. If you have a sore, ulcer, lump in your mouth, a sore throat or neck lump for more than 3 weeks, get checked by a dentist or doctor within 7 days.
3. Visit your dentist regularly, at least once a year, even if you have no teeth and wear dentures. 9 out of 10 adults in Ireland are entitled to a FREE oral exam, please check your entitlements on www.citizensinformation.ie
If you care for someone, remind them of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and encourage them to check their mouth and to visit their dentist at least once a year even if you have no teeth and wear dentures.
Please find campaign toolkit attached.
Please fine the press release on Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2020 here.
Mouth Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Ireland is a partnership involving the Dublin Dental University Hospital, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Irish Dental Association, Dental Health Foundation, National Cancer Control Programme, Irish Cancer Society, Spunout.ie and Cancer survivors.
Thank you for your support.