Mouth cancer awareness week 2015 was observed by Penang International Dental College (PIDC) from 15th Nov to 21st Nov as part of its corporate and social responsibility. The awareness week has been conducted by PIDC since 2009 to compliment and supplement national efforts to increase Mouth cancer awareness initiated by Oral Cancer Research and Coordinating Center (OCRCC), University of Malaya.
Oral Cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the world which can be detected during routine mouth examination. Oral cancer commonly occurs at buccal mucosa (cheek), tongue, floor of the mouth and lip and the main risk factors are tobacco and alcohol use. It is fortunately one of the best cancers to detect early, because it presents in a part of the body that is prominent and easily seen by oneself in a mirror or by family and friends. Despite the mouth being a well accessed part of the body more than two thirds of the cases are diagnosed in late stages which bring down the chances of survival. The aim of the awareness program conducted annually is to make the general public aware of the fact that oral cancer is treatable, IF it’s identified early.
PIDC conducted a two day mouth cancer awareness campaign at Sunway, Carnival Mall, Butterworth, Penang on the 21st and 22nd of November, 2015. The campaign was initiated and conducted by the Students Club of PIDC (SCOP) comprising of year 4 dental students. The students and faculty over the two days distributed pamphlets, ribbons, balloons and used posters and videos to provide one on one information to nearly 730 member of the community.