Mouth cancer: Students want us to be alert

12 February, 2024 / infocus
 SD Mag    Dundee Dental Student Society

The City of Discovery was again a hive of activity for mouth cancer awareness in November. With support from the charity Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer (LTAMC) the Dundee Dental Student Society held information stalls on the main University of Dundee campus and a fundraising Acoustic Night.

The stall saw hundreds of people interact with the students to learn about their own risk of oral cancer, how they can reduce this and the signs and symptoms to look out for. The self-examination leaflets and online video were particularly well received as were the UV protection lip balms and toothpaste samples given out.

To mark the end of the week, the talented students brought out the guitars and sang their hearts out to raise an astonishing £2,360 for LTAMC, with the raffle prizes pulling in extra with strong ticket sales.

We wanted to raise awareness of mouth cancer within our community and about the risk factors and typical features of this disease.

Sophie Craig

Sophie Craig, Charities and Sponsorship Representative for the Dundee Dental Student Society said: “We wanted to raise awareness of mouth cancer within our community and about the risk factors
and typical features of this disease.

“We know that if we can help patients achieve an early diagnosis, this gives them the best chance of successful treatment. Joining with Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, we could help promote how essential it is that patients ‘self-check’ their mouth at home to catch it quick.”

On receiving the cheque, Ewan MacKessack-Leitch, charity trustee and treasurer, said: “Every year the dental students at Dundee pull it out of the bag. Not only do they deliver a stall and campaign that captures and engages the population here in Dundee, but they also then raise money so we can continue our mission.

“Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, is about action; empowering patients and dentists to talk about the disease, minimise risk, detect it early and reduce the diagnostic delay. The enthusiasm the students show helps in this fight and the fundraising will enable more of our resources and activities to get out to the population. I want to thank the Dundee Dental Student Society for their continued support.”

Tags: Cancer / dental / Dundee / Events / Fundraiser / LTAMC / mouth / Students

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