Oral cancers are as fatal as other forms of cancer. Every year, more than 45k cases of oral cancers are diagnosed in the US alone. More than 13% of these prove to be fatal.
Early diagnosis is the only possible measure to ensure successful treatment of the ailment. We test the presence of mouth or throat cancers in your body every time you visit us. Thus, we help you minimise the risk of the disease.
Following are listed the signs and symptoms of oral cancer which can help you you’re your personal diagnosis. Each day post your oral hygiene regime, examine your mouth and neck carefully to find any of the following symptoms.
- Persisting irritation in the mouth
- Appearance of red/ white patches.
- Soreness or impassiveness in the mouth and lip area
- Appearance of a lump-like structure
- Feeling of strain when using oral muscles and tongue
- Noticeable change in the setting of teeth
- Appearance of a lump-like protruding structure in the neck/ throat area
- A persisting sore throat
- Continuing pain in ears
- Difficulty or pain while swallowing
- Noticeable changes in voice
Anyone and everyone is prone to cancer. However, exposure to substances like cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can intensify the chances of developing oral cancer. In the following section, you can understand in detail about these factors.
- Human Papillomavirus – HPV is one of the most influencing factors when it comes to oral cancer. Though the prevalence of it is very high, people are usually unaware of being infected by it.
- Tobacco – Cigars, pipes, cigarettes or simply chewing tobacco helps the advancement of oral cancer. The intensity of risk depends upon the quantity consumed and the time period in concern. Quitting its usage very effectively decreases the risk of oral cancer and within a matter of 10 years, you can be as risk-free as a person without a tobacco history.4
- Tobacco and Alcohol – Consumption of both these products together severely intensify the risk of oral cancer. However, consuming one of the two decreases the risk factor.
- Sun – Prolonged exposure to sun rays also increases the risk of lip cancer.
- Fruits and vegetables – Inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables makes you more prone to oral cancer.
- Age – Age can also be a contributing factor in the case of oral cancer. Post the age of 40, the chances of developing oral cancer are higher.
When you visit us for a dental examination, we carefully look out for the presence of any signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Not only do we use visual or manual methods, we also use specialised tests and screening devices for the same.
You can play your part by informing us about any oral changes that you may have observed.
- Post your regular oral hygiene regime; observe the presence of any sort of variations in the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Avoid or minimise tobacco and alcohol consumption in every form.
- Use protective measures for sexual activities in order to safeguard yourself from Human Papillomavirus.
- Inculcate healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Be a part of our regular dental examinations and get oral cancer screening done.