Mouth Cancer Awareness Day September 2012
Following the success of the first two awareness days, the third Mouth Cancer Awareness
Day was held on Wednesday 19th September, 2012.
This event was designed to raise public and professional awareness of Mouth Head & Neck
Cancer, inform people of the risk factors and warning signs of the disease and
to remind them of the importance of regular dental check-ups. Once again, the
Cork Dental Hospital opened its doors to the public and invited people to avail
of free oral cancer examinations, engage with HNC survivors and visit a wide
range of educational stands on smoking cessation, healthy eating, cancer
prevention, and oral care.
Final Year Dental students examined over 300 people on the day under the careful eye
of their clinical tutors and oral surgery/oral medicine staff. Dental Hygiene
students manned the oral hygiene information stand. Everyone gave their time generously,
even coming in on days off and working through lunchtime to ensure all were
seen in a timely fashion. For those diagnosed with oral cancer during this
event, MCAD was a potentially life-saving intervention. However, all who
attended the event went away with greater knowledge on the risk factors and
warning signs of this disease. Anecdotal evidence suggests that these
participants subsequently share their new-found knowledge with friends and
family, increasing HNC awareness within their community.