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Illume issues timely reminder about risks of smoking

Cheltenham based dental practice, Illume, has issued a timely reminder about the risks of smoking in support of National No Smoking Day, 12th March 2014.

National No Smoking Day is an annual event organised by the British Heart Foundation which encourages smokers to quit their ‘bad habit’ and improve their health for the long term.

According to Cancer Research, smoking is one of the main causes of mouth cancer, and is the most preventable cause of cancer worldwide.

Illume Practice Owner, Tim Rumney comments, “Smoking is a leading risk factor for mouth cancer, and according to statistics, is responsible for over half of all mouth cancer cases diagnosed in the UK every year. National No Smoking Day is an excellent awareness event that provides individuals with the help and support necessary to stop smoking – in turn reducing their risk of mouth cancer.”

As an innovative practice with client care at the forefront of its values, Illume prides itself on its accreditation under the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme (MCSAS) and its free ‘2 minutes to save a life’ mouth cancer screening service – offered to all Cheltenham locals, including those not registered at the practice.

Illume is the first practice in Cheltenham to be accredited under the MCSAS – an initiative implemented by the Mouth Cancer Foundation that recognises dental practices dedicated to regularly screening their patients for mouth cancer.

Tim continues, “Illume’s accreditation under the MCSAS confirms our long standing commitment to client care and mouth cancer screening. Our ‘2 minutes to save a life’ free mouth cancer screening service can be used by anyone, and provides individuals at risk with the opportunity for early detection of mouth cancer, which dramatically increases chances of survival.

“The likelihood of developing mouth cancer is considerably less for those that are able to stop smoking altogether as the risk becomes smaller with every year that passes.”

Tobacco smoke contains more than 70 different cancer causing substances that can damage DNA and also harm the cardiovascular system. However, according to the British Heart Foundation, individuals will experience a number of health benefits as soon as they are able to quit smoking.

For help and support about quitting smoking, please visit the official website for National No Smoking Day.

For further information about Illume’s free mouth cancer screening service please visit the dedicated mouth cancer page on our website, or alternatively please contact the practice directly by calling 01242 522230.