Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer is the situation whereby a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. People with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical or melanoma skin cancer, however, their death can be prevented if the cancer is diagnosed at it early stage.
Most causes of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use and the use of tobacco. Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer and if an individual is fond of taking both alcohol and tobacco together, their chances of getting mouth cancer is greater. Over exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips. It most often occurs in people over the age of 40.
It is very important to know the warning signs of oral cancer. Detecting the symptoms early can help save your life from the excruciating pains and even the expenses.
The signs or symptoms could be something that you could have notice but ignored it thinking that it’s a minor issue. They are;
· Swelling or thickness along gum lines, lips and flesh on your checks. The swelling can be so noticeable that foul smell can be coming out from your mouth.
· Abnormal lumps or bumps anywhere in the oral cavity.
· Any rough patches containing crust or eroded skin on your lips, flesh and cheeks.
· Persistent cancer sores.
· Difficulty chewing, speaking, swallowing or moving your jaw.
· Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
· Pains in one ear without hearing loss.
· Numbness, pains, or tenderness anywhere in your mouth, including your tongue.
· A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
· Dramatic weight loss.
· Loss teeth with no apparent dental cause.
Be aware of what is going on in your mouth and always examine yourself regularly, if you notice any unusual red or white patches, lumps in your neck or jaw area, or persistent hoarseness, these are reasons enough for you to ask the dental team to examine you.
There is probably nothing seriously wrong with you, but an early diagnosis can save your life.
To ensure that your mouth stays healthy, quite smoking and as a common saying says “Smokers are liable to die young”. If you don’t want to die young, then quit smoking as it is the best decision you will never regret making. You can also cut down your alcoholic intake, eat balanced diet and healthy food with at least fruits and vegetables a day.