Joining the Oral Health Improvement team this year in raising awareness of mouth cancer and the importance of being mouth aware is the Shetland Islands Council (SIC).
The council will be offering its support to the campaign by sharing information about mouth cancer on its social media pages, and by visually reminding everyone to be mouth aware by lighting up the Lerwick Town Hall in blue later today (15 November).
Blue Wednesday, which falls on Wednesday 15 November this year, is the pinnacle of Mouth Cancer Action Month. The day reminds everyone to carry out a quick two-minute check of their mouth and neck for any signs or symptoms of mouth cancer. The earlier mouth cancer is detected, the easier and more successful it is to treat.
Look out for mouth ulcers that do not heal within 2-3 weeks, white or red patches, any swellings, pain or difficulty eating, a hoarse voice or persistent cough. These symptoms may well have other causes but it is best to seek advice from a doctor or dentist as soon as possible.
The Oral Health team is also hosting a free mouth cancer drop-in screening clinic on Thursday 23 November at the Gilbertson Park Games Hall from 2pm to 4pm. This session is open to everyone over the age of 16. No appointment necessary.
For more information about mouth cancer, visit: www.mouthcancer.org
Learn how to carry out your self-check here: https://youtu.be/Y6QkKhEjS5M