Student dentists at Sheffield University run awareness week

Sheffield University Dental Students' Society (SUDSS) highlighted the issue of Mouth Cancer  Awareness Week from 10th  ' 16th  November with daily interactive stalls in The Hub, just inside  the West Entrance of the Union.     A disease which contributes to 127,000 deaths a year with 6,539 new cases of mouth cancer  every year. Most cases occur in people over 50, but it's becoming more common in the  younger population, associated with the human papilloma virus number 16 (HPV-16), the same  one linked with cervical cancer.
Sheffield University Dental Students' Society (SUDSS) highlighted the issue of Mouth Cancer Awareness Week from 10th ' 16th November with daily interactive stalls in The Hub, just inside the West Entrance of the Union. A disease which contributes to 127,000 deaths a year with 6,539 new cases of mouth cancer every year. Most cases occur in people over 50, but it's becoming more common in the younger population, associated with the human papilloma virus number 16 (HPV-16), the same one linked with cervical cancer.
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Students learned about mouth cancer during an awareness week organised by trainee dentists at Sheffield University.

Dental students manned stalls every day in The Hub, inside the revamped Students’ Union building.

There was also a stall set up in Sheaf Square in the city centre for a day, aimed at the public.

Other charity events organised during the week included a family bake off, a staff-versus-students football match and a pyjama day.

All proceeds from the week were donated to the Ben Walton Trust, set up in memory of Ben, who died from mouth cancer aged 22.

Ben’s dad Mike visited the union to give a talk about the trust and the work that it does.

Kieran Bhakta, Dental Students’ Society president, said the cancer was becoming more common among young people and the two main risk factors were smoking and excessive alcohol use.

He said: “It was a fantastic week and we are confident we increased the awareness of oral cancer.”