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CHECK UP
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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Listen to 9 March
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Thursday 9 March 2006
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Oral Health 

In the week of National No-Smoking Day (Wednesday 8 March) Check Up is about the detrimental effects of tobacco on the mouth.

Mouth cancer
Mouth cancer is on the increase in the UK . This cancer can be found in the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. The first sign of the disease is often a non-healing mouth ulcer or a red or white patch in the mouth. If you have a mouth ulcer that hasn't healed after three weeks, or you notice any unusual changes in your mouth it's important to get it checked out by a dentist or doctor.

Lifestyle
Cancer of the mouth used to be a disease of older men but now it is being found in younger people and in more women. Smoking, drinking alcohol and a poor diet without fruit, vegetables and fibre, can be contributory factors to the cancer's development. Treatment can be successful if the disease is detected early. 

Barbara Myers will be joined by maxillo-facial surgeon Iain Hutchison, a leading specialist in oral health, to answer your questions on mouth problems. She'll be finding out when you should be worried about ulcers and sore gums and when you should seek medical advice.  
 
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Check Up  is your opportunity to ask an expert about the condition. If you have a question, contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing the programme - see 'Contact Check Up' link above.

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