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Oral Cancer

We have often heard the term oral and mouth cancer, but have we really researched and understood what it is? This article highlights some facts about oral cancer that can help you understand the disease better.

Oral and mouth cancer are basically the same things. Contrary to popular belief, the areas which are affected by oral cancer are not just the tongue or any part of the mouth. It can be your lips, gums, cheeks side, any area of the face can be affected, and it will be categorised as oral cancer.

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There are some visible symptoms or signs of oral cancer :

  • Patches on lips or outside surfaces of mouth like an injury or bruise.
  • Visible signs of soreness which keeps increasing
  • Soreness that results to swelling, which starts from mouth and goes all the way to the face
  • Thickening of the skin around the mouth area.
  • Pain while chewing or swelling food
  • Jaw pain, jaw lock or jaw stiffness
  • Cracks or dislocation of teeth
  • Breaking or loss of teeth.

The most common and evident reason for oral cancer is smoking, use of tobacco, alcohol or drug consumption. These harmful items not only lead to oral cancer but also deteriorate a person’s health from a very young age. Other non-common reasons of oral cancer are excessive sun exposure. Surprisingly, people who consume a lot of red or beef meat are also at high risk for oral cancer.  Although high in nutrients, these can cause higher chances of oral cancer and other diseases like blood pressure and heart attack.

As soon you encounter any of the symptoms of this disease, and a dentist is not available immediately you should get your X-ray, endoscopy and imaging tests done. These will indicate any chances of having oral cancer.

A common question, is oral cancer curable? The answer is like other cancers; it depends on the stage of cancer you are affected with. If you get diagnosed or treated at early ages you will be able to get out of it, else with increasing stages, it gets difficult to save the patient’s life. If you at stage 1 you are at tumour stage, if you are at stage 2 the tumour has spread, and If you are at stage 3, it has turned to a lymph.

Diseases come uninformed that is why a popular saying “Prevention is better than cure” exists. Hence, it’s your responsibility to be informed about your oral, health, visit dentists regularly and watch out for any alarming signs!