For the last four weeks we have been raising awareness mouth cancer, educating and engaging people around the signs and symptoms, the risk factors involved and positive messages about early detection and prevention. For almost 15 years Mouth Cancer Action Month has been a focal point, not just for ourselves, but anybody who is passionate about mouth cancer action, to come together and raise awareness of a disease which is still on the rise.

New statistics have revealed that the number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the last year reached more than 7,300. It’s a rise of more than a third in the last decade alone, making it one of the fastest increasing cancers, and experts predict this growth will continue.

We’ve dedicated this issue of Word of Mouth to mouth cancer and our November campaign. We have lots of information about the disease, which hopefully will make a difference to your knowledge about mouth cancer, what causes it and how you can spot it early.

As well as advice and information, we also have lots of other interesting pieces, including a first-hand account from somebody who has gone through mouth cancer and survived. It’s an inspirational story, and one that is reassuring and heartwarming too.

On the behalf of everybody here at the British dental Health Foundation, we hope you find this edition of some interest, and we’ll be back for our December issue, a little earlier than usual, in a fortnight.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Word of Mouth November 2015.