Hopefully you haven't helped but notice this month's mouth cancer awareness campaign & the 'Blue Lip Selfies' appearing on the web & social media.

Many are not aware of the rapid increase in mouth cancer in younger people that is not caused by smoking or alcohol use. This being linked to the same virus, HPV, that causes cervical cancers.

Upload your own blue lip selfie & get involved to increase awareness of the problem here  www.bluelipselfie.co.uk

Smoking/tobacco & alcohol are still the major risk increasing factors. 

A healthy diet has also been found to reduce risk with each additional serving of fruit or vegetables.

Early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment (as with many cancers) so remember to keep that regular check up appointment, as mouth cancer screening is part & parcel of this, it's a simple as that. No need for fancy tests or invasive procedures.

Have a look at the infographic here for further information.

Cancer can affect anyone, here actor Michael Douglas, an oral cancer survivor himself explains.