Dentists screen 10,000 for mouth cancer signs
IT is among the least known forms of the deadly illness, but for Bernie Dillon reality hit home when her uncle died of mouth cancer.
The 49-year-old from Ballyfermot, Dublin, was one of an estimated 10,000 people to take advantage of a free mouth check-up yesterday.
Last year, she queued for two hours at the Dublin Dental Hospital which, with Cork Dental Hospital, was one of two centres providing free screening for the first Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.
But with more than 700 dental surgeries agreeing to participate yesterday, she was seen in no time and even managed to bring her family.
"There's cancer in the family; my brother died of a brain tumour, my mother had thyroid cancer and my uncle died of mouth cancer, so I thought it was a good idea to keep on top of things," she told the Irish Independent.
The awareness day was started in 2010 by a cancer survivors' group and plans are being made to make the day an annual event.