Open wide to see inside is the message the oral health promotion
team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are
sharing this Mouth Cancer Action Month.
Throughout November the team will be raising awareness of mouth
cancer and trying to save lives by promoting the values of
prevention and early detection.
Julie King Oral Health Promotion Lead at County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust explains: "The oral health
promotion team are proud to be working together with colleagues
from the Trust supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month during
November. Demonstrating commitment and passion for raising
awareness of mouth cancer is vital to the success of this
What are the signs and symptoms of oral
Throughout November the team will be hosting information
sessions across CDDFT sites and the community dental department
will also have display material in their waiting areas. Please come
along and meet the team:
The team will also have ward based "brief" drop in training
sessions taking place as another good reason for staff to ask
patients to "open wide to look inside!" because a simple mouth care
assessment could have a dramatic impact on the patient
And the team will also be encouraging people to join in with
Blue Wednesday on 16 November by wearing something blue and
promoting self-care oral checks.
Ailsa Rutter OBE Director of Fresh and Balance said: "Both
tobacco and alcohol are class 1 carcinogens. That means if you
drink or smoke your mouth is exposed to chemicals that can damage
the DNA in cells and lead to cancer.
"Smoking and drinking alcohol can cause cancers all around the
body. But around 1 in 3 mouth cancers are caused by alcohol and 1
in 4 mouth cancers are caused by smoking. The risks are even
higher for people who smoke and drink together. The best approach
is to quit smoking and cut down on drinking to reduce the
For tips to cut down on alcohol visit ReduceMyRisk.tv and to find
support to quit smoking visit FreshQuit.co.uk
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community