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Less than 100 DAYS TO GO TO THE MOUTH CANCER 10KM AWARENESS WALK

13:00 SATURDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2014, HYDE PARK, LONDON

The Mouth Cancer Foundation are now on countdown to the 9th FREE annual Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk. The walk, which continues to be a huge success for the Mouth Cancer Foundation, is designed to raise awareness and generate much needed funds to support mouth cancer patients and carers.

The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk takes place on Saturday 20th September 2014 in London’s Hyde Park and this year the charity is hoping over 1000 people will come to the capital to celebrate survivorship and shout about how important it is to detect mouth cancer early, know the signs and spot the symptoms.

In the UK there are more than 8000 people diagnosed with mouth cancer every year and around 60,000 people will be diagnosed over the next decade. The disease can strike anyone at anytime.

Mouth Cancer Foundation People’s Ambassador, Pat Jones, understands the importance of raising awareness of mouth cancer.  Pat lost her daughter, Clare Jones, to tongue cancer at just 23 years old in March 2007.  Now she is on a mission to spread a better understanding and appreciation about this lesser known cancer. Pat says “25% of mouth cancer cases are not associated with any known risk factor, hence the need for vigilance. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great opportunity to step out and make a difference.”

Clare was a student at Loughborough University when she was first diagnosed in February 2003.  She then faced an operation to remove the right side of her tongue, reconstruction with a flap from her right forearm and a neck dissection.  By 2007, Clare had secondary bone cancer and bravely went through the treatments offered. It was a difficult time for her and she was very, very scared. She worried about the effects of chemo and fertility but finished her chemotherapy and was looking forward to a better 2007. Unfortunately, the MRI scans showed no change in the size of her cancer, which eventually spread to her brain.  Clare’s family now live with a lifetime of heart break. 

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi says “Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September!”

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10KM Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org. Don’t delay and sign up today!

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