It’s November which means it’s Mouth Cancer Awareness Month!
Mouth cancer is becoming a growing concern, with more younger people and women getting the disease. Mouth cancer can affect all areas of the mouth including lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
It is important to remember that this disease can be prevented if the cancer is caught early. That is why this month is so important in order to spread awareness.
Mouth cancer is linked to a number of causes such as tobacco, alcohol and sunlight exposure. This type of cancer can reveal a number of symptoms and this can differ from person to person, that’s why it’s so important to regularly visit your dentist and visit your doctor if you experience any problems.
The human papillomavirus is also a contributor in mouth cancer. This sexually transmitted disease does not usually lead to health problems however this may lead to abnormal tissue growth and genital warts.
Signs to look out for include:
- Mouth ulcer that does not heal properly
- White or red patch around the mouth
- Unusual lumps or swellings
Be sure to look out for these symptoms and check your mouth for irregularities on a regular basis. Also, ensure you are visiting your dentist as recommended.
Do not hesitate to contact your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms. Your dentist is trained to look out for these signs during your examinations and they may spot something you have missed.
If your dentist does find something irregular, then they will refer you to a local hospital where you will have further examinations and tests if necessary.
Overall avoid tobacco, alcohol and maintain a healthy diet.
Don’t forget to share this post and if you have any symptoms, don’t be scared to speak out.