Today is World Head and Neck Cancer Day and here in Cayman one dentist says oral cancer in no laughing matter.
The malignant tumors can appear on the lips, tongue, gums and even inner cheeks of the month, as well as in the throat. Studies show that mouth cancer is on the rise because it often goes under the radar. But today (1 April) ten dental centres opened their doors to give free exams in an effort to help raise the awareness of this silent killer.
During an interview with Cayman 27 Dr Keelin Fox said, “In the UK it’s been increasing more than any other cancer in the last 25 years; and the outcome of patients with this cancer hasn’t really improved, because in most patients it presents too late.” She added, “We want to highlight to patients what the obvious symptoms are and today we are encouraging people to come forward.”
This is the second year the free screenings took place and several new centres signed up. A clinic in the eastern districts also joined in and offered free screenings. Next week, free throat screenings will be offered on April 8.