Free Dental Treatment for Scottish Cancer Patients
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Last year in June I found out via a routine mammogram that I had grade 3, triple negative breast cancer. I was completely shocked. I am still undergoing chemotherapy today 7 months later, and will start a course of radio therapy when this ends.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are standard treatments for most cancer patients, and they can cause either temporary or lifelong side effects. Dental issues are a widely known as one such side effects of this treatment. Unfortunately chemotherapy has meant that I have lost some back molar teeth after my first chemotherapy session and now months later, my teeth are starting to crumble.
Prescription charges here in Scotland are free, however dental care is not, unless you are on certain benefits or pregnant.
Many cancer patients, who have previously had little or no dental issues, experience loss or crumbling of teeth together with a whole host of other dental problems that occur during or after treatment for cancer. The cost of dental work can be overwhelming, even with care on the NHS.
I’m asking the Scottish Government to introduce free dental care for all cancer patients.
Many cancer patients are unable to work and having to pay for dental treatment can add to the stress they are already experiencing through their condition and reduced finances.
I’m asking the Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to make dental care free for all Scottish cancer patients for a period of 5 years from diagnosis (renewable if dental problems continue), or for life if the patient has a cancer that is treatable but not curable.
Please sign and share this petition to help cancer patients who need dental care.
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