01 July, 2016

The signs and symptoms or oral cancer!

Usually, oral cancer occurs inside the mouth, at the back of the throat and tonsils, on the lips (lower) and in the saliva glands. Over 4000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in Australia each year, and smoking together with excessive drinking of alcohol are just two of the key risk factors.  If it is not detected early enough, then surgery, chemotherapy or radiation may be required to treat it. In some instances, oral cancer can be fatal. One of the primary reasons for this is a late diagnosis of the early warning symptoms. So, diagnosing oral cancer in its early stages is vital to any successful treatment.

If you are a non-smoker, stay that way. Over 80% of nose, mouth and throat cancers occur in those people who smoke, and the link between lung cancer, heart disease with smoking has been firmly established. Smoking not only affects your health in general, but it also makes it difficult for your body to fight infection and recover from surgery or sustained injuries.  Stunted growth and other development problems can be caused by smoking in young adults. Smokers are also known to lose their sense of taste and smell, as well as a risk of developing stained teeth and bad breath.

Every time a smoker lights up a cigarette, their oral health is at risk. Smoking or chewing any form of tobacco heightens the chances of contracting mouth, throat, oesophagus and larynx cancer. Many people remain unaware of the early warning signs of cancer or just choose to ignore them. If undetected, oral cancer can spread. By avoiding cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, cigarettes and snuff it will greatly reduce the chances of oral cancer. Those who have used tobacco for years, but have stopped, are significantly reducing their risk of contracting oral cancer. Heavy or chronic abuse of alcohol is also another factor which can increase the possibility of cancer. Combining smoking and heavy use of alcohol increases the risk ever further.

 

oral cancer signs and symptoms