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Mouth Cancer Voice Awards  
1st place goes to Lucy Hopkins
Runners Up:
Emma Yeardsley and Danielle Roper


What are the Mouth Cancer Voice Awards?

The Mouth Cancer Voice Awards will aim to raise awareness of the risk factors (smoking, drinking and HPV) as well as the symptoms of mouth cancer amongst everyone in the UK, especially University and Higher Education students by making them not take their voice for granted, which can be lost through mouth cancer. The Mouth Cancer Voice Awards is run by the Mouth Cancer Foundation and will take place leading up to and during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week which runs from Sunday 15th November to Saturday 21st November 2009. The Mouth Cancer Voice Awards is looking for the most talented, brightest young stars for the newest, unique talent show. The event has now launched and is open for entries as well as online voting!  The winner will be announced during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week on Monday 16th November 2009.

What is the Mouth Cancer Foundation?
The Mouth Cancer Foundation was established in June 2004 to be a professional support organization solely dedicated to supporting people with mouth, throat and other head & neck cancer face the crisis of cancer. It gained charitable status (registered charity No. 1109298) in May 2005. Visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

Who is organising the Mouth Cancer Voice Awards?
The Mouth Cancer Voice Awards are organised by the Mouth Cancer Foundation and administered by Media Ambitions (Enterprises) Ltd .



In the UK, there were 7,697 cases in 2004. 

The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with 2,718 deaths occurring in 2005. 

Mouth Cancer kills one person every 3 hours in the UK because of late detection. 

An increasing number of young people are being affected and 25% of the cases have no associated significant risk factors. 

Other organisations may quote lower statistics. In fact the statistics are much worse. They are missing out vital data which is very relevant. For example, ask children where saliva is formed? They will say "in the mouth". The Mouth Cancer Foundation statistics include cancer of the salivary gland but unfortunately because of tradition other organisations are missing out statistics on salivary gland, throat and other relevant regions, which should fall under the "Mouth Cancer" umbrella. The Mouth Cancer Foundation is taking a lead to include important statistics because we believe it is important for the public to be aware of all cancers connected to the mouth.

In its very early stages, mouth cancers can be almost invisible making it easy to ignore. You can improve your chances of survival if the cancer is detected early and rapidly treated. 

It is important to have a self-awareness and to perform regular, self-examinations to help in the early identification of these symptoms: 

1. A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks

2. A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth

3. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth

4. Difficulty in swallowing

5. Difficulty in chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

6. Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

7. A feeling that something is caught in the throat


8. A chronic sore throat or voice change (hoarseness) that persists more than six weeks, particularly smokers over 50 years old and heavy drinkers 

9. Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable 

10. Neck swelling present for more than three weeks

 Unexplained tooth mobility persisting for  more than three weeks - see a dentist urgently

12. Persistent nasal (especially unilateral)l nasal obstruction, particularly associated with mucus (clear, purulent or bloody) discharge causing difficulty breathing through nose 

13. Unexplained persistent earache

Reduce your chances of getting these cancers by:

1. Not smoking or chewing tobacco, gutkha/paan more >>

2. Limiting alcohol consumption

3. Having a healthier "low meat, low fat" diet, rich in vegetables and fruit with servings of bread, cereals or beans everyday 

4. A high proportion of oropharyngeal cancers in nonsmokers and younger adults have been associated with HPV. The mode of transmission may be frequent oral sex in adolescents and young adults.

Print out the Mouth Cancer Foundation's "Mouth Cancer - Know the Signs" click here.

Visit your dentist or doctor  at once if you notice any abnormal problems or are not sure. Early detection is the key factor in treatment success!

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