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15,000 steps for mouth cancer awareness

There are 1,000 places up for grabs in the 5th annual FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10K Awareness Walk, which launches today.

The walk is designed to increase awareness of mouth cancer, celebrate survivorship and remember lost dear ones while having a fun day out with family and friends.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation organises the event which takes place at 1pm on Saturday 18 September 2010, in Kensington Gardens, London.

This year they are challenging 1000 people to walk the 15,000 steps it takes to complete a 10k course in order to raise much needed funds and awareness to combat mouth cancer.

2010 is the fifth anniversary of the Mouth Cancer Foundation's 10km Awareness Walk.

People travelled from all over the world in 2009 to step out to support the UK's leading mouth cancer charity which raised in excess of £60,000.

The walk helps raise much needed funds to help improve the support for mouth cancer patients and their families, like mouth cancer survivor Michelle Morton.

Michelle, 26 from Hastings, East Sussex was only 22 years old when she was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma in June 2006.The Nasopharynx (nasal part of the pharynx) lies behind the nose and above the level of the soft palate.

Michelle says: 'I had a large tumour that came from the Nasopharynx, down my left nostril. It blocked my left ear, gave me terrible nose bleeds and discharge and completely blocked my left nostril. I was treated by my GP for six months for what was thought to be a sinus infection. I was eventually referred to ENT at the local hospital and diagnosed. By this point the cancer had also spread to a lymph gland in my neck.'

'I went through six cycles of high dose chemotherapy (Cisplatin & 5FU), followed by six and a half weeks of radiotherapy. I had a Groshong Catheter fitted so they could let me do some of my chemo at home. I also had a RIG tube fitted to feed, as the mucositis made it impossible to eat.

'During treatment, I dropped to  six stone 10lb and I vomited every day for about three months! It was really awful, really gruelling and to be honest there were times I wanted to go to sleep and not wake up! The cure is far harder than the disease! I'm feeling REALLY good now.

'I'm working full time again and I love my life! As far as they're concerned I'm cancer free. I support the Mouth Cancer Foundation as they helped me so much during my battle with cancer. I want to make younger people more aware of the symptoms and risk factors.

'It happened to me and it can happen to anyone. We aren't indestructible!'

There will be FREE mouth cancer screening on the day, plus prizes available for top individual and team fundraisers.

Also up for grabs is the award for best fancy dress, so for those of you who are feeling brave the bigger, brighter and weirder the better!

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi, says: 'To celebrate our 5th anniversary we want to get 1,000 people walking the 15,000 steps in the battle against mouth cancer. It is a great opportunity for mouth cancer survivors, their families and friends, the public and health professionals to come together and stand up against this debilitating disease.'

To take part in the FREE Mouth Cancer Foundation 10K Awareness Walk visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org.

 Posted on : Thu 3rd - Jun - 2010

 

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