FAQS ON THE WALK What is the Mouth Cancer Walk?

The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk is designed to increase awareness of mouth cancer, celebrate survivorship, create an opportunity to meet friends, remember lost dear ones, and also have a fun day!

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place in November 2019. To mark the countdown the Mouth Cancer Foundation is organising its annual sponsored 10 KM Walk on Saturday 28th September 2019 in Hyde Park, London, at 12:00 noon. Participants should arrive at 11:00. We hope that this event will prove to be a popular one and that the crowd will attract the attention of the media to help raise awareness of mouth cancer. See the main pages on Background, Venue,Register, Fundraising, Prizes and Training.

What is the Mouth Cancer Foundation?

The Mouth Cancer Foundation was established in June 2004 to be a professional support organization solely dedicated to supporting people with mouth, throat and other head & neck cancer face the crisis of cancer. It gained charitable status (registered charity No. 1109298) in May 2005. Visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

Who is organising the Mouth Cancer Foundation's 10K Sponsored Walk?

The Mouth Cancer Foundation's sponsored walking event is being administered by Media Ambitions (Enterprises) Ltd.

Is the Mouth Cancer Walk a race?

No, the event is non-competitive. The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk is a walking event and a fun day out for all the family. There are no first or last places. Everyone taking part is a winner.

Can I wear a costume?

We are encouraging people to dress up in Costumes to raise awareness for mouth cancer.

Who is allowed to take part in the event?

The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk is open to people of all ages and all levels of fitness, from complete beginners to experienced athletes. However, under 14's must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Furthermore, if you are unsure about your physical ability you are advised to consult your GP before submitting your entry form and anyone suffering from an extreme medical condition must seek clearance from their GP before participating in their chosen event.

Does the event have facilities for wheel chair users?

Hyde Park is a suitable venue for wheel chair users. For more information please call +44 (0)20 8940 2222.

What do I have to do to enter?

a) Read the Terms and Conditions of Entry.
b) Decide whether or not you wish to enter the event on your own or with friends, family members, work colleagues etc.
c) Set yourself a sponsorship fundraising target.
d) Complete and return your entry form.

When should I submit my entry form?

We recommend that you submit your entry form as soon as possible as there are a restricted number of places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Can I enter on the day?

Yes, however we recommend that you submit your entry form as soon as possible as there are a restricted number of places that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Are teams allowed to enter?

Yes, grab your friends, enter as a team and double your chances of winning a top team fundraising prize

How much sponsorship money do I have to raise?

There is no minimum sponsorship requirement and there is no maximum – the sky really is the limit. At the very beginning we recommend that you set yourself a target of how much you are hoping to raise in sponsorship as this can help you to focus on your fundraising efforts. And if you exceed your fundraising target then so much the better!

Where should I send my sponsorship money to?

You have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies / donations received by you in connection with the Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk are sent to Mouth Cancer Foundation c/o Media Ambitions, Top Floor, 1 Victoria Parade, By 331 Sandycombe Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3NB by 31st December 2018. Alternatively, create your own FREE online fundraising web page so that your sponsorship money can be received directly.

Will the Walk still take place if it is raining?

Yes. The event will only be cancelled if the weather conditions are severe. You should make sure that you are suitably dressed for your event and bring additional clothing with you if weather patterns are uncertain. Don’t forget that your body temperature will drop once you have finished exercising so it is always wise to have an extra layer available in your day pack.

FAQS ON MOUTH CANCER What is Mouth Cancer and what are the statistics?

Cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites located in the head and neck area. These "Mouth Cancers" have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. In the UK, there were 7,697 new cases in 2004. The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with 2,718 deaths occurring in 2005. Mouth Cancer kills one person every 3 hours in the UK because of late detection. An increasing number of young people are being affected and 25% of the cases have no associated significant risk factors.

How do I reduce the risk of Mouth Cancer?
  1. Not smoking or chewing tobacco, gutkha/paan
  2. Drinking less alcohol
  3. Having a healthier “low meat, low fat” diet, rich in vegetables and fruit

Note: 25% of cases have no associated high risk factors!

What are the top 10 symptoms for Mouth Cancer? Visit your dentist or doctor at once if you notice any abnormal problems or are not sure.
  1. A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks
  2. A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  3. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  4. Difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue
  5. Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks
  8. Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  9. Neck swelling present for more than 3 weeks
  10. Unexplained tooth mobility persisting for more than 3 weeks
Where do I find out more about Mouth Cancer?

For more information, visit the Mouth Cancer Foundation website and its online support group.