Mouth Cancer Awareness
Local dentists are urging everyone to check for signs of mouth cancer, before it's too late.
It's all because November is 'Mouth Cancer Action' month. There will be free check-ups available at the Birmingham Markets, next to St Martin's church, from 9am - 2pm on Friday 25th November.
The checks will be carried out by professionals from the dental hospital who will also be offering advice to help reduce the risks of getting mouth cancer.
Expert's say there has been an increase in mouth cancer in Birmingham and Solihull over the last 25 years.
This is due to increased levels of smoking and use of alcohol. Sat Parmer from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital told Heart,
''The good news is that oral cancer can be cured if caught early, which is why it's imperative to look out for warning signs which include ulcers which don't heal within 3 weeks, red and white patches in the mouth as well as unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth.''
One former sufferer- Sarah Macrow from Solihull - explains her experience:
''My dentist found an unusual lump in my mouth and referred me to the dental hospital. It turned out to be a malignant tumour which then spread to my lymph glands. I had surgery to my mouth and neck, recieved radio therapy and chemo therapy and am now pleased to say that i have nearly treached the five year 'all clear'. I would urge everyone to have regular dental check ups and seek help early on for anything that looks unusual.''
Experts say spotting the signs and symptoms will increase your chance of survival by 90% and visiting the dentist is very important. For more infomation click on the NHS website.