At the Mouth Cancer Foundation, our aim is to raise awareness of mouth cancer and stress the importance of its early detection which increases the chances of survival. Although thorough mouth cancer checks take just 2 minutes and should be performed at least once a year during routine examinations, it is suspected that some dental practices are still not doing them. We are therefore launching a new life-saving initiative, the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme, to raise awareness amongst both patients and dental practices.The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme will recognise dental practices that demonstrate a visible commitment to increasing public awareness of mouth cancer screening to all patients and to establish a documented referral pathway with a local specialist department.The Mouth Cancer Foundation will accredit dental practices that routinely participate in mouth cancer screening. Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.Leading British dentist and Mouth Cancer Foundation Ambassador, Dr Philip Lewis, will present the new Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme to delegates at the BDA Conference and Exhibition at 12:15pm on Saturday 27th April 2013. The charity will be at the exhibition from Thursday 25th April 2013 for three days at stand C1.We hope that all practices across the UK will join us in the scheme which offers a realistic approach for dentists who seek to adopt best practice in oral cavity examination and opportunistic screening. Only by working together we can beat mouth cancer.