Oral Cancer Awareness Things To Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer and more than 8000 of these people die from the disease each year in the United States alone. The survival rate for this type of cancer significantly drops after five years from diagnosis hence the importance of early detection and treatment. The primary health care professionals that play a key role in detecting oral cancer are dentists. Each year, the month of April is dedicated to creating public awareness about oral cancer.
What Is Oral Cancer?
This type of cancer can affect any part of the mouth. Unlike other common types of cancers like breast cancer or even skin cancers, the symptoms of oral cancer do vary and are very common to other common mouth problems including soreness, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and many other symptoms. As in the case with any other cancer types, the key to effective treatment is early detection. The earlier the oral cancer is detected, the more effective the treatment will be and the higher the survival rate.
While oral cancer is more prevalent in people over 44 years of age, it has also been reported in younger age groups. If diagnosed and treated early, treatment is usually effective and survival rates are high. However, if diagnosed in the advanced stages (usually stage 3 and 4) the oral cancer will have spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body and treatment is usually associated with chronic pain, and may even cause permanent oral or facial disfigurement as treatment at this stage often involves surgery.
Smoking and tobacco use still rank top on the list of factors that seem to contribute or even lead to oral cancer. In recent times however, the HPV virus has increasingly been linked to this disease and hence the soaring cases of oral cancer in healthy non-smokers especially in the younger age groups.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Although many Oral cancer symptoms may indicate common oral and dental issues which are usually treatable, some of the possible warning signs include sores that bleed or take time to heal, lumps, hard spots, ear pain, difficulties in jaw or tongue movement, numbness, feeling that the throat is blocked, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, changes in the alignment of the teeth and even hoarseness.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, regular dental exams not only help keep the teeth and gums healthy, they are also very important in the early detection of oral cancer. The group also recommends that people should visit a general dentist for a regular dental exam every six months. In a news release from the academy, the group implores the general public to ask for oral cancer screening whenever they visit their dentists.
At Reese Dental, we are dedicated in the fight against oral cancer and increasing the survival rates of this disease through creating awareness about it and early detection. We also recommend that our patients schedule routine dental visits at least twice a year where we will check their general oral health, remove any plague build up and also check for any anomalies.
If we find that you have any symptoms that may be linked to oral cancer, we will refer you to an expert that will perform further tests and screening to properly diagnose or eliminate the presence of oral cancer. Remember that the key to effective treatment of Oral Cancer is early detection. If you can, talk to your family and friends about oral cancer. If more people are aware of this disease, more can be done to control it and many people can benefit from early treatment. This way, a lot of lives will be saved. Be on the front line in the fight against oral cancer. Learn more about Oral Cancer.
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