This is hygienist Kirsty Kelly, and you might be wondering why she's wearing blue lipstick-she's being MOUTHAWARE in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month (MCAM).

Mouth Cancer claims more lives than testicular and cervical cancer put together, but early detection gives patients a 90% chance of survival.

And a check-up with the dentist is the key to early detection.  

Kirsty has joined in the Blue Lip Selfie campaign which is part of this year's MCAM to enable people to wear a visible sign of support.

Mouth cancer cases have trebled in the past 10 years, and can be triggered by smoking, drinking too much alcohol, poor diet and oral sex.

MCAM is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, with Denplan as its main sponsor.   Go to www.bluelipselfie.co.uk for more details and to see a video of mouth cancer survivors and their experiences.

A regular check-up with the dentist includes screening for mouth cancer- this is one of the many reasons why regular check-ups are so important.

So if you keep putting off booking in for your 6-month checkup, why not get on the phone today and make an appointment.

Why not visit our Facebook page for more pictures of blue-lipped staff at MDC.