What Is Mouth Cancer?
Why so silent about mouth cancer (oral cancer)? I think we all are familiar with the most common cancers, such as lung, breast, and skin but a very dangerous cancer goes commonly unmentioned and that is the Cancer of the Mouth – Oral Cancer.
Mouth Cancer Development
Oral Cancer begins in the mouth, also known as the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, the teeth, the gums, the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, also referred to as the hard palate.
Mouth cancer typically starts as a lump, bump or patch in the mouth (called “lesions”). If any of these lumps or bumps do not clear up after a few weeks, then it is recommended you see your dental professional for an Oral Cancer Screening.
A healthy oral cavity is necessary for a healthy you. Our Oral Cavity helps us breathe, eat and speak. Salivary glands also in the oral cavity secret enzymes that help in breaking down our food.
Cancer can develop in any part of the oral cavity. Because each part of the oral cavity is different, Oral Cancer encompasses a wide variety of cancer types that are treated in many different ways.
Common Factors For Oral Cancer Development
The reasons may vary as to why a person develops Oral Cancer, such as hereditary, poor diet and poor oral hygiene. However, trumping high above all these factors, tobacco use accounts for over two-thirds of all mouth cancers.
Remember, not all lumps, bumps and patches are cancer. If you notice one that does not go away, see your dental professional immediately for assessment.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis
If diagnosed with Oral Cancer, your dental professional will discuss any and all treatment options with you. Your dentist and registered dental hygienist are the most qualified in this field of study. Treatment will also depend on the location and stage of the cancer, and the patient’s general health.
Oral Cancer claims the lives of over 9500 Americans each year. The good news is when caught early, Oral Cancer is one of the most preventable.
Don’t Ignore the Signs
The most important step in reducing the death rate from Oral Cancer is early detection. At Paradise Ridge Dentistry, we strive to create awareness of Oral Cancer. We urge patients to ask questions and further educate themselves and their family.
Our phones are always open and our dentists and dental team are here to help you and your family. Please give our office a call now to schedule your next visit. Learn more about Oral Cancer screening at your next visit.
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