Oral Cancer – Part 1
Oral Cancer– Part 1
Cancer is never a topic that people love to talk about but it’s a necessary topic to cover. Cancer is often preventable and arming you with knowledge is the best way to educate you so you know what to look for. This week we will get to know more about oral cancers –who gets oral cancer, what is oral cancer, where is oral cancer and how to detect oral cancer. Next week, we will look at treatments and prevention. Let’s get started!
Who. Who gets oral cancer? Technically anyone can. And men are about twice as likely to get oral cancer as women. There were about 40,000 people in the U.S. last year that were diagnosed with oral cancer. If you have a mouth, you can get oral cancer!
What is oral cancer? Cancer is when cells start to grow and divide out of control and then invade surrounding healthy tissue. This is called metastasis. Oral, as we will mention in a moment, is simply the location.
Where is oral cancer? When cancer is “oral” that’s just talking about the location since cancer can occur at any place in the body. “Oral” refers to the mouth, tongue, cheeks, pharynx, larynx and throat.
How is oral cancer detected? Most of the time oral cancer is detected upon self-exam or after a visit with your dentist. When you visit the dentist, he or she will use a light to look throughout your mouth and throat – looking for sores, lesions, bumps, lumps or anything abnormal. They might also feel your neck and throat to see if you have any swollen lymph nodes that are abnormal. When you look at your mouth, you can also find oral cancer. Look for anything abnormal such as (similar to what was mentioned above), lesions, sores (they might be red, white or blistered) or anything tender.
The biggest part of our part one discussion is to know what’s normal for your mouth, to see your dentist regularly so that he or she can screen for oral cancer and to advise your dentist if you notice any changes that concern you. It’s normal to have a canker sore or a minor sore in your mouth every now and then but if there is an abnormal change, notify someone.
We hope that your “someone” or dentist is us! We would be happy to talk with you further about oral cancer early detection and to look at your mouth. Call us today to make an appointment!
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