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The Ben Walton Trust was established in 1996 by Stuart`s Uncle and commemorates his cousin Ben Walton and his year-long fight against oral cancer.
Too few people have heard of oral cancer. It is a relatively rare disease compared to some of the more well known cancers with 5325 new cases diagnosed in 2006. Globally it is the sixth most common cancer. However, since the 1980's the number of oral cancers in the UK has risen each year.
No other cancer has shown such a rapid rise in incidence in the past 25 years. The most recent data suggests a rise of 41% over a ten year period. In contrast, lung cancer has decreased over this period.
Oral cancer is on the increase amongst young men and women and most importantly the five year survival rate is less than 50% - because many of these cancers are advanced before they are diagnosed. This survival rate is lower than for melanoma and breast cancer.
Early detection is vital and can lead to a significantly improved survival rate.
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