Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 16th Sept 2020

By dhadmin
Friday, 11th September 2020
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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.

Key message:
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


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

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,  and Cancer survivors.

Thank you for your support.