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Health professionals are being asked to take part in ‘Blue Wednesday’ today to help share key messages about oral cancer awareness.

Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, Blue Wednesday is a key event during Mouth Cancer Action Month. The charity is asking people to ‘turn blue’ to raise awareness of the disease which has increased by 68% in the United Kingdom over the last 20 years, currently being newly diagnosed in 7,500 people in the UK each year.

It is also hoping patients and communities can become ‘Mouthaware’ by being able to recognise and act on any unusual changes in the mouth, and to have a better understanding of the role human papilloma virus has in mouth cancer

“Chances are that we will all have something blue in our wardrobe. Whether it is a shirt, trousers, hat or tie, please do get involved on November 15 by donning on a bit of blue,” said Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation. “In previous years we have seen people combine this by wearing a Blue Ribbon Badge, decorating the office blue, taking Blue Lip Selfies, and even painting themselves blue.”

Last week, the charity said that “as little as three in 20 (15%) British adults recognise HPV, the world’s most common sexually-transmitted infection, to be a cause of mouth cancer.” It also found that 67% or respondents were unaware of oral sex increasing a person’s mouth cancer risk by sexually transmitting the HPV virus.

“During the next decade, HPV is expected to overtake smoking and excessive alcohol consumption as the leading cause of mouth cancer and with many unable to assess their own level of risk, The early warning signs of mouth cancer include mouth ulcer that do not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps and swellings.”

An early diagnosis of mouth cancer increases a person’s chance of survival from 50% to 90%.

Activity to promote Blue Wednesday or other aspects of the awareness campaign can be tweeted about with the hashtag #MouthCancerAction. The charity has a number resources including a free poster for download and items which can be purchased via the campaign’s online shop at www.mouthcancer.org/shop.

Links:
OHF announcement on Blue Wednesday activity           
OHF Mouth Cancer Action Month resources         
OHF announcement on HPV and oral cancer     

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