UK’s first report into mouth cancer reveals huge gamble the nation is taking with its health

The latest statistics on mouth cancer

Today is the first day of Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018 –  a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of mouth cancer.  To kick-off the campaign, we have just launched the United Kingdom’s first comprehensive review into mouth cancer.

The State of Mouth Cancer UK Report 2018/2019 looks at the very latest statistics for the disease. This includes new incidence figures, survival rates, where the disease is most likely to appear, as well as trends over time. The report also investigates the nation’s awareness of mouth cancer and how much is known about the risk factors and signs and symptoms of the disease. Finally, the report covers some key challenges and recommendations for the future. We believe these will have an important impact on the landscape of mouth cancer in the years to come.

Some of the key facts highlighted within the report include:

  • 8,300 Brits-a-year are now given the news they have mouth cancer.
  • The number of cases has grown by 49% in the last ten years and by 135% in the last 20 years.
  • 12% of British adults have not heard of mouth cancer, including 37% of 18-24-year-olds.
  • 21% of us have had family members, friends or co-workers diagnosed with mouth cancer.
  • 75% of us cannot identify the main signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.

The report can be accessed here: Oral Health Foundation | The State of Mouth Cancer Report 2018/2019.

Use the hashtag #MouthCancerAction to keep up to date on social media.


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