Oral cancer FAQ: Knowledge that may save lives

Oral cancer FAQ: Knowledge that may save lives
April 1st, 2016 | Blog | No comments

Oral cancer is one of those topics people like to avoid. And with good reason, fighting cancer is disheartening, and it can bring down even the most motivated folk. The best way to fight it is to do whatever it’s in our power to avoid it, and that’s what this post is about. We are here to raise awareness about this precarious disease so that in turn can inform others, and that way we can each be that little grain of sand in promoting health and wellbeing.

What is Oral Cancer?

As any other type of cancer, it’s the incontrollable growth of cells that damages the surrounding areas; it usually surfaces as a sore in the mouth that does not go away even with regular treatment.

What parts of the mouth are affected?

Oral cancer can grow anywhere, tongue, cheeks, lips, floor of the mouth, palate, and even the pharynx

Is oral cancer lethal?

If left untreated, yes, although morbidity rates are dependent on how early was the detection. Even though, it’s an extremely serious condition; the 1-year survival rate is 81%, while the 5 to 10 year survival rate is around 52%.

What causes oral cancer?

No one knows for sure what causes cancer for sure, but oral cancer is highly correlated with tobacco consumption (both smoked and non-smoked) as well as alcohol drinking, direct exposure to sunlight, and Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Also, keep in mind that a family history of cancer is also a warning sign.

What are some of the most common symptoms?

Swelling and thickness around the mouth area, the growth a white like substance, unexplained bleeding in the mouth, unexplained numbness, chronic sore throat, difficult to chew or swallow and a feeling that something is at the back of your throat.

How can Oral cancer be detected?

During you regular dentist appointments your healthcare expert should screen you for signs of cancer. Don’t worry about, it’s a common practice, if she suspects something, then she may ask for an oral biopsy to make sure everything is alright.

Alternatively you can self-check, with a good light and a mirror check for white patches, touch your gums and mouth area looking for lumps or unexplained swallowing.

What can I do to prevent oral cancer?

Don’t smoke, drink alcohol in moderation, use sunscreen or try to avoid the sun, make regular dentists appointments and eat a well-balanced diet.

How is it treated?

Usually by removing the tissue and using chemotherapy or radiotherapy to clean and residues that could being the process all over again.

Remember that being conscious can save a life, be attentive, and don’t dismiss any potential signs, an early detection is your safest bet for a recovery.