Oral Cancer

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th July 2021.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Cancer Research's projection that oral cancer will rise by 33% in the UK from 2014 to 2035, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) potential merits of increasing patients’ awareness of the dental services available to support the diagnosis of oral cancer and (b) importance of those services.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No assessment has been made. Whilst dentists play a valuable role in detecting potential oral cancers through dental check-ups. Patients with concerns should seek advice from their dentist or general practitioner.

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