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Enfield dentist will walk 10km to raise money for Mouth Cancer Foundation
Inspired by her mother, a dentist will take on a 10K walk this Sunday to raise money for a mouth cancer charity.
Amira Mathew, 26, of Winchmore Hill, Enfield, will be walking through Hyde Park on Sunday with her mother Pratima Solanki, a 20-year survivor of mouth cancer, to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
Discovered when she was 18 by her dentist after he noticed a tumour, Mrs Solanki underwent radical surgery and is now cancer free.
Ms Mathew said: “The Mouth Cancer Foundation is important to me as the incidence of mouth cancer is on the rise and it is my duty as a dental healthcare professional to check for early signs of the disease and raise awareness.
“The charity provides much needed support and advice to mouth cancer patients including online support groups and financial assistance.”
Mouth Cancer Foundation founder Dr Vinod Joshi said: “Head and neck cancers are vicious and debilitating when detected late. Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.
“With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. The Mouth Cancer 10K Awareness Walk is a great way to generate publicity about head and neck cancers. Help us by stepping out to make a difference this September.”
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