As you know, the thought of dealing with cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, as you probably know, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to beat the disease when it’s caught early. This is also true when it comes to oral cancer. Fortunately, if you are careful and observant, there are a few things you can do to identify cancer—and a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do.
Conversely, habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking increase an individual’s chances of having cancer. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and your diet can affect your odds of dealing with this disease.
Fortunately, there are signs that you can watch for. For example, a constant sore throat that doesn’t fade after a normal amount of time can be an indicator of cancer, as can a discoloration in your mouth. Similarly, if you are experiencing numbness of the mouth or lips, you could be dealing with this problem. You should also watch out for a lump in your mouth shifting teeth. Still, if you do notice any of these symptoms, don’t panic. These may be indicators of something less serious or indicators of nothing at all.
If you have any of these symptoms at all please contact our dentist. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our team, please feel free to contact Personal Dental Care at 804-554-3767.