Reply to "What is Mouth Cancer?"

Personally, i think the term Oral, Head & Neck cancer covers the wider spectrum. & for me it's more relevant.
When i've been telling people i'm doing the "Mouth Cancer" awareness walk they ask "why?? You didn't have cancer in your mouth" & i then have to explain that the treatment for all H&N cancers are similar & we all face similar battles. & i explain that MY cancer is considered an oral cancer too.
I feel the term Mouth cancer is too specific, and although i don't expect a "Nasopharyngeal Cancer awareness week", the term mouth cancer feels a little exclusive & doesn't raise awareness of all H&N cancers.
Maybe it's just me, but i think it's important for people to be aware of ALL H&N cancers. & the point of awareness raising is to get others clued up. Not educate us that already know the terms used. To me, and others i know, cancer of the mouth conjours up an image of a tumour on or in the tongue or cheeks. But the symptoms for other cancers are different and it's just as important people look out for these too. & just as important they know these other cancers even exist!
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Anyway, that's just my opinon! Big Grin

Michelle
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