Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a growth of cells that can cause damage to the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that “Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.”

This specific type of cancer can be caused by many things. A large portion of oral cancer is associated with smoking and other tobacco use. Alcohol is another risk factor in oral cancer. The chemicals in tobacco and alcohol will cause deterioration which leads to a greater potential for bacteria and viruses to invade the weak areas. The human papilloma virus (HPV) is another known cause of oral cancer and this is the fastest growing cause of oral cancer according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Cancer is mostly detected in the later, more fatal stages. To catch it early, visit your dentist regularly and check for these symptoms on your own.
Possible symptons:
 
Lesion or a lump in or around the oral cavity that does not disappear after 2 weeks.
 
Burning sensation
 
Pain
 
Problems with the tongue
 
Difficulty swallowing
 
Mouth sores
 
Time is critical in handling any form of potential oral cancer, we suggest you call a dentist as soon as possible.
 
Definitions related to Oral Cancer
Human papilloma virus (HPV):  a virus that causes infection and growths on the skin
Lesion:  a small, infected or diseased patch of tissue
Pharyngeal:  near the phaynx (canal between mouth and oesophagus)
 
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