Oral cancer sufferers should have free treatment

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An e-petition has also been established to seek professional and public support, and encourage debate in the House of Commons. The campaigners believe there would be a public outcry if patients with any other form of cancer were asked to contribute to the cost of recovering from cancer treatment.

Dr Trivedy continued: ’The current situation of patients, who have had facial surgery and are confronted by the prospect of having to pay for restorative treatment, and on-going dental care themselves, is no longer acceptable. We believe it is only fair that mouth cancer sufferers have the right to receive the same level of treatment and support as any other cancer patient.’

A separate development for Mouth Cancer Action Month come from in the UK the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting this initiative by promoting the role played by the whole dental team in preventing and diagnosing mouth cancer.

The Faculty recognises the importance of dental professionals in the screening of patients for signs of mouth cancer. The early detection and referral of patients with suspicious oral lesions, coupled with the education of patients as to lifestyle choices, can significantly reduce the debilitating effects of this condition.

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