Oral Cancer Awareness
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation approximately 49,750 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. Oral cancer is often the least thought of cancer which comes to mind among people. That is why it is usually disregarded when symptoms occur. It is very important to know about the signs and symptoms, causes, and methods of how to prevent the development of oral cancer.
It is important to regularly visit a dentist for routine checkups so your dentist can inspect your mouth to detect abnormal tissue, discoloration, and any other physical signs of oral cancer.
Signs and Symptoms to watch for include:
Visit your dentist or physician immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus, sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.
It is a great idea to avoid excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco products, and to wear a sunblock balm on your lips while you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
Make a point of going to routine checkups with your dentist to detect oral cancer in its early stages. Your chances of recovery are incredibly improved when it is detected quickly. Call Green Valley Dental Care today to schedule your routine appointment – 715-635-7888.
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