Bakers rise to the occasion for mouth cancer awareness
13 November 2012

Tameside Hospital’s Oral and Maxillo Facial department raised £150 for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a bake sale.
Tasty treats at the sale on Monday, November 12, included lemon drizzle, coffee, chocolate and Victoria sponge cakes, as well as biscuits.
The event also helped to raise awareness of oral cancer during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week, which is running from November 11 to 17.
Staff were also offered mouth cancer checks at a drop-in session.
Department Manager Patricia Spiers said: “We would like to thank all the members of staff who supported us.”
In the UK there were 7,556 cases of mouth, throat and head and neck cancers in 2003. Due to late detection the mortality rate from these cancers is just over 50 per cent. Despite treatment, there were 2,718 deaths in 2005.
Tobacco is the main cause of mouth cancer with smokers six times more likely to develop head and neck cancers. Of those diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer 75 per cent are smokers. Alcohol is another common cause of mouth cancer.
For more information on mouth cancer and Mouth Cancer Awareness Week go to www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.