Sadly, it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t know anyone who’s had cancer—and as you know, this disease can be devastating for families and individuals. Still, if cancer is found early, the likelihood of beating it is much higher, including oral cancer. In other words, if you’re observant and have regular dental checkups, you can increase your odds of avoiding—and beating— cancer.
Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do. Conversely, habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking increase an individual’s chances of having cancer. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and your diet can affect your odds of dealing with this disease.
However, there are a few signs you can watch for. For instance, if you have a sore throat that doesn’t fade after a few days, notice discoloration in your mouth, experience numbness of your mouth or lips, feel a lump form, or notice a shift in the way your teeth fit together, you could have oral cancer. However, if you notice these symptoms, please don’t panic. These symptoms can also be caused by other issues.
If you have any of these symptoms at all please contact us today! If you would like to learn more about oral cancer or are interested in scheduling an appointment without team, please feel free to contact Merrill Ranch Family Dental Center at 520-413-9714.