Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can appear in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, but it’s more common in people over 40, particularly men. These days, however, research indicates that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.
Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are taken together the risk is even greater. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips. In addition, recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body.
Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips. It can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally, or a white or red patch in the mouth. Be aware of any unusual lumps in your mouth or jaw area and any persistent hoarseness. It is important to visit our offices for an examination if these areas do not heal within three weeks.
If mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good, and the smaller the area or ulcer the better the chance of a cure. However, too many people come forward too late because they do not have regular mouth examinations.
Your partner in good oral health
The team of professionals at Concerned Dental Care recommend the following tips for helping to lower your risk of developing mouth cancer: stop smoking (if you do), limit your intake of alcohol and, as important, visit our offices regularly for check ups and treatments. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us at 800-583-9285.
By Concerned Dental Care
August 10, 2020