The Warning Signs of Oral Cancer
In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.
Talk to Dr. Penchas – your Houston dentist if you experience any of these oral cancer warning signs:
- Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
- Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won’t heal.
- Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.
If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could also result.Radiation and chemotherapy are common treatments in facial cancer. They may be in addition to surgery, or alternative treatments.
Causes Of Oral Cancer
- One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use.
- Alcohol containing mouth rinse is also a risk. avoid it and use only non-alcohol containing mouth rinses.
- Certain kinds of foods such as burnt and preserved meats cause several cancers.
- overexposure to the sun has been linked to oral cancer
- Certain viruses such as HPV have a link to cancer
- Some experts believe certain oral cancer risk factors are also hereditary.
Preventing Oral Cancer
Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. Keep the dangerous materials away ( tobacco, alcohol, burnt and preserved meats)
Avoid exposing your head and neck to radiation and sun exposure
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer.
Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.
And of course, regular visits to the dentist are part of keeping it up.