The Council of European Dentists (CED) will celebrate the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2015.
This year's Day will be an opportunity for the CED to focus on the theme of oral cancer. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lip, tongue and oral cavity. It is the 10th most common cancer in Europe, with around 75,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the EU. Incidence is still higher in men than in women. The disease remains highly lethal and very aggressive and is one of the most disfiguring of all cancers.
Oral cancer is a timely issue because the incidence of new oral cancer cases is rising. The increase is mainly due to exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, unhealthy lifestyles or infections. However, oral cancer is preventable and incidence can be reduced. If oral cancer is detected at an advanced stage, the prognosis will be poor. Early detection and diagnosis highly increase rates of survival.
The European Oral Health Day presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment of oral cancer and the important role dentists play in prevention, early diagnosing and treatment of patients with oral cancer across the EU.
For more information on this issue, please see:
CED public event on oral cancer
The Council of European Dentists (CED) is a European not-for-profit association which represents over 340,000 practising dentists through 32 national dental associations and chambers from 30 European countries. Its key objectives are to promote high standards of oral healthcare and effective patient-safety centred professional practice across Europe, including through regular contacts with other European organisations and EU institutions.