MSPs are waking up to mouth cancer
Motion raised at Holyrood recognises the work of Scottish dental professionals in tackling oral cancer
Nearly 30 MSPs have signed a motion at Holyrood commending the work of the dental profession in raising awareness of oral cancer.
The motion, which was raised by Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins, highlights the fact that Scotland has almost double the incidence of the disease than England and that people from deprived areas are more than three times more likely to be affected.
More members are expected to sign the motion during Mouth Cancer Action Month that takes place throughout November, with the British Dental Association and the Oral Health Foundation urging dental professionals to contact their MSPs to urge them to sign
The vice chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council, David Cross, said: “It’s great that MSPs are rallying to our call that much more needs to be done to raise awareness of this most debilitating condition.
“They will be doing a great service if they can help drive home the message that even if you don’t have any teeth left you can still get mouth cancer.
“People also need to know the signs and symptoms for mouth cancer that you shouldn’t ignore because an early diagnosis can improve a patient’s chances of survival from 50 per cent to 90 per cent.
“That’s why the BDA wants every dentist and DCP to ask their own MSP to sign this motion. Greater awareness of this condition will save the NHS money and prevent unnecessary distress to patients.”
Launching the awareness month’s annual Blue Ribbon campaign, the CEO of the Oral Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter said: “By wearing a blue ribbon, you are making a difference in the fight against mouth cancer by raising vital awareness. We want you to show it with pride so that everyone can see it and learn something about this disease.
“I appeal to you personally, if you were not already planning to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month then please reconsider. Even if it is to just buy a blue ribbon badge. It is such a small gesture but can have a momentous effect, thank you.”