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Facts and Signs of Oral Cancer

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
Oral Cancer RibbonThe importance of oral cancer as a big health problem is not to be underestimated. It should call our attention to facts, symptoms, and necessary steps to face this silent menace.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a general designation for all the cancers that develop in the oral cavity and oropharynx, lips, tongue, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, and even sinuses. The disease is among the most serious public health problems in the world, where tens of thousands of new cases are detected each year.

Risk Factors: What Increases Your Chances?

Much knowledge of the risks is needed for prevention. Major contributory factors include smoking, heavy alcohol use, excessive sun exposure to the lips, family history of cancer, and HPV (human papillomavirus) infections.

Recognizing the Signs: Early Detection Is Crucial

Early detection can significantly boost treatment success, and thus, knowing warning symptoms is vital. These warning signs include soreness in the mouth that will not heal within two weeks, red or white patches in the mouth, unexplained bleeding, numbness, pain when biting, and changes in how dentures fit. While these do not always indicate cancer, they warrant a consultation with a healthcare provider.

The Role of Dental Check-Ups

Your dentist is a valuable ally in the early detection of oral cancer. During your dental visit, a dental professional will detect changes or symptoms that may go unnoticed by the naked eye.

Be Proactive: Self-Examinations and Regular Check-Ups

Prevention starts with step one: staying aware and active. Do self-examinations regularly, and learn the symptoms and what may put one at risk. After all, going to the dentist for regular check-ups is not all about checking for cavities; it is a very important step to take to catch oral cancer in its early stages.

Consult Healthcare Professionals

Check with a dental professional if you have developed certain symptoms or think this condition threatens you. Early detection makes a huge difference in fighting oral cancer. Ensure you do what you can to protect your mouth and encourage others to do so as well. Have any questions or need to make an appointment? Contact our office today.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman

(336) 444-2772

134 Davis Street
Asheboro, NC 27203-5469

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