Mouth Cancer Action Month runs through November every year, and as long time campaigners for mouth cancer, the Oral Health Foundation to conducted the 2016 Mouth Cancer Action Month Survey. We’ve pulled together some of our key findings:
50% of respondents said they would be concerned and would immediately stop/alter lifestyle habits if their dentist told them that this was increasing their risk of mouth cancer.
6% said they would listen to their dentist MOST if they offered lifestyle advice (such as advice on diet, alcohol consumption); 78% said doctor; 8% said none of the professionals listed.
79% would not proactively seek advice from their dentist about lifestyle choices and the implications on your overall oral health.
25% would be interested in a dental payment plan that included insurance to cover treatment in the event of mouth cancer.
Mouth cancer rates have grown by a third in the last decade – and the disease remains one of very few cancers predicted to increase further in the coming years. It takes the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in the UK, which is more than testicular and cervical cancer combined.
We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and a dentist will often will be the first professional to spot the signs of mouth cancer. As we know, early detection remains crucial for survival rates which is why regular dentist appointments are so valuable. Having employees who visit a dentist close to work, on a regular basis could decrease costly and traumatic treatments in the future, and very possibly detect mouth cancer before a potentially more serious condition develops.
To find out more about how a dental plan could improve employee wellbeing, please visit www.denplan.co.uk/companies or call 01962 828 008.
Source: Oral Health Foundation