Oral cancer is cancer that affects the mouth. It can form in the lining of the cheeks, gums, root of the mouth, tongue and lips.
Oral Cancer Awareness Month is this April 2024, but anytime is a good time to think about preventing oral cancer.
That means right now is a great time to come in for your regular dental cleaning, which always includes a thorough oral exam, and screening at our office. Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year.
Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, 40% will not survive longer than 5 years. Moreover, many who do survive suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking.
EARLY DETECTIONS SAVES LIVES!
In between dental visits it's very important if you notice any changes in our mouth to see a dental professional if these symptoms don't go away in two weeks.
Some signs to looks for:
1. White and red patches in the mouth or lips.
2. A sore or blister in your mouth.
3. Difficulty swallowing.
5. Change in the way your teeth fit together.
6. Bleeding from the mouth.
The primary risk factor for developing oral cancer is tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes all increase your risk of oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco, often called "dip" or "chew," also heighten the risk. Alcohol consumption is another habit that is strongly associated with the development of oral cancer. It is now occurring more frequently in younger non-smoking people. In addition, the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus 16 (HPV) is related to the increasing incidence of oropharyngeal cancer (most commonly involving tonsils and base of tongue).
Call Ayan Dentistry today for your exam at (239) 732-9000.