WIGAN men are being asked to “go blue” tomorrow and help to save lives by raising awareness of mouth cancer.
British Dental Health Foundation wants folk to show their support for an awareness campaign after it emerged that such potentially deadly tumours are on the increase.
Men are particularly vulnerable and cancers of the mouth are now among the top 10 most likely to affect them.
The Blue Ribbon is the symbol of the campaign urging men to consult their doctor or dentist if they suspect something is wrong in order to increase early detection rates and so save lives.
And tomorrow is Blue Wednesday when the foundation wants folk to show support for mouth cancer awareness by wearing something blue.
Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter said: “On Wednesday we want to see everybody turning blue. It can be a jumper or a shirt, a tie, a hat or even a pair of shoes. It’s entirely up to you. Just as long as it’s blue.
“For mouth cancer patients, their cancer blues will almost never leave them. There will always be a reminder of what they went through every day. Whether it’s their speech, their ability to eat and drink, or even just the ability to breathe properly, there is no getting away from it.
“Mouth cancer cases have topped 7,000 a year in the UK with more than twice as many men than women suffering, so, we all need everyone to do their bit to help spread awareness of this deadly disease.”
Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek. Given that early detection is so crucial for survival, it’s extremely important that people know what to look out for.
Dr Carter said: “Symptoms to look out for include ulcers which do not heal in three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and any unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area. If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.”