Free screening for oral cancer will be available at a major conference to discuss key issues affecting sufferers and their families being organised by a North West based charity in Liverpool on Friday November 11th 2016.

The conference, Head and Neck Cancer – Surviving and Overcoming Challenges – will be held at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Attendance is free but by ticket only from Chris Curtis, Chief Executive of the Blackpool based Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Group. Applications can be made by email at

The Swallows has teamed up with Dr Chet Trivedy of the Oral Health Foundation to provide oral health checks and visual mouth cancer examinations to help raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer. Screening will take place in the main foyer and is available to anyone visiting the museum.

Chris, who as well as being Chairman of The Swallows, is travelling the world as a Global Cancer Ambassador to seek out the best ways of helping people cope with the cancer journey and its treatment.

The conference programme includes motivational speaker Chris Moon who knows all about overcoming challenges. He lost and arm and a leg when he was blown up clearing mines in Africa but completed the London Marathon less than a year after leaving hospital. He is also one of the few westerners to survive being taken prisoner by Khmer Rouge guerrillas.

Also speaking will be throat cancer survivor Steve Bergman. Professor Ros Dowse, of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Rhodes University, South Africa, who has also suffered from head and neck cancer will speak about her experiences. Peter Baker, Campaign Director for the HPV Action Team will talk about the need to vaccinate all adolescent boys against the Human Papilloma Virus.

Chris said: “Anybody can get mouth cancer and we are delighted to be working with the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of this debilitating condition. Being able to spot the signs may be the difference between life and death.”


“I know from personal experience that surviving cancer can be a long, hard, journey. The more help you can get the better. The conference will hear from people with first-hand experience of what surviving actually means and how to do it. They will talk about their own experiences, how to get the best information to patients and the role of support groups.”

Dr Trivedy added: “Mouth cancer can affect the most basic elements of people’s lives such as breathing, swallowing, eating and drinking. Mouth cancer is one of the few types of the disease which is increasing in incidence and mortality rates. Having the ability to reach out to the public at events like this to spread the message of awareness is vital in addressing the continuing effects of mouth cancer.”

Chris said “We are also going global with two live links to patients in Australia and Canada and an international speaker from South Africa will make the day very special”


A few tickets remain for tomorrow’s conference, but you need to act fast.

If you are interested in attending The North of England Head & Neck Cancer Conference, please visit for more information.

GuideDotYou is proud to be a sponsor of the event and has sourced volunteer student support from Liverpool John Moores University.  Phil will be part of the conference delivery team and exhibiting on the day. 


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