Bristo Square, March 2015
Now a registered charity LTAMC returned to a marquee in Bristo Square on 10-12th March 2015. Utilising more technology the layout was different, no “clinical” areas, instead 3 zones which mapped the patient’s empowerment journey to learn and discover more about mouth cancer prevention and detection through mouth self-examination. On entering the marquee knowledge of mouth cancer was assessed; then in the Info Zone there were models, leaflets and interactive iPad demonstrations of the risk factors, signs & symptoms and facts about mouth cancer; the final part of the journey was to be guided through an oral self-examination at the specially constructed Mirror Zone. Over 300 people took part in self-examination demonstrations and came in to find out more about mouth cancer. During the evenings a free CPD lecture “Empowerment in Mouth Cancer: Your Patient, from Diagnosis to Rehabilitation” was delivered to 114 dental and healthcare professionals. This session was delivered by 4 speakers who each had a different perspective of the mouth cancer treatment journey: Professor Victor Lopes (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon), Graeme (Mouth Cancer survivor), a Head & Neck Cancer Nurse, and Dr Ari Dutta (StR in Restorative dentistry). We were again grateful to the army of volunteers including BSc Dental Hygiene/Therapy students and dentists from the Edinburgh Dental Institute and Dundee Dental Hospital. Parliamentary approval was gained when Motion S4M-12632, which congratulated our awareness campaign, was lodged by Jim Eadie MSP and achieved cross party support in Holyrood.
Let’s Talk for 24 hours, The Meadows, August 2014
Taking advantage of the summer a 24 hour screening and awareness marquee was erected on the Meadows on the weekend 9/10th August during the Edinburgh Festival. This time 155 people received a free mouth cancer screening. Additionally Professor Victor Lopes delivered a series of 1 hour mouth cancer tutorials to local dentists in the sunshine. Simultaneously we had a 24 hour fundraising tandem bicycle riding around Edinburgh which drew the public in. Again a terrific team of volunteers from the Edinburgh Dental Institute made this 24 hour event possible.
Edinburgh Canal Festival, June 2014
A smaller mouth cancer screening and awareness stall at the Edinburgh Canal Festival where 117 people were screened in an afternoon – all in the back of a gazebo!
Bristo Square, February 2014
The first Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer event held over 3 days on 11-13th February 2014. Our marquee was set up in Bristo Square at the heart of the University of Edinburgh campus. Our team of volunteers (BSc Dental Hygiene/Therapy students, Dental Nurses, Dental Core Trainees and dentists) engaged over 600 members of the public and in total 455 people received a free moth cancer screening – a rate of 1 person screened every 1 minute 20 seconds! In the evenings free CPD lectures emphasising the importance of prevention and early detection of mouth cancer were delivered to 105 local dental professionals by Professor Victor Lopes. We were supported by NHS Lothian, the Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service (MEHIS), the University of Edinburgh and the Department of Oral Surgery from the Edinburgh Dental Institute. The campaign was hugely successful and was featured on the STV 6pm News, BBC Radio Scotland and in articles in the Scotsman, Herald, Courier and BBC News Website.