What is Oral Cancer Screening
Cancer is the leading cause of death globally. In 2020 over 10 million people succumbed to cancer which dwarfs out the much-publicized Corona Virus disease death toll in the same period which ranges from 1,813,188 reported to 3 million estimated deaths globally.
The illness is a global killer and can infect any body part having very lethal consequences when not discovered early.
What is Oral cancer?
Cancer is an uncontrollable growth of cells that overwhelm and damage adjacent tissues. Oral cancer or mouth cancer is any incidence of the disease that takes place in the oral cavity or surrounding areas.
It often manifests as red or white patches in the oral that does not go away. The growth can persist in several areas around the oral cavity such as sinuses, throat, gums, lips, the floor of the mouth soft palate, and hard palate.
The condition is often deadly and leads to fatalities though with good management it is possible to treat the illness and get back to normal.
What are the symptoms?
Oral cancer can go unnoticed but Fortitude valley dentists working at Amitis Dental Studio have noticed that some of the symptoms can be glaring and help save a life.
The Oral Cancer Clinic Fortitude Valley warns patients to visit a Cosmetic dentist Fortitude Valley when they spot the following symptoms:
- Having swellings, thickenings, lumps or bumps, or even eroded areas around the oral cavity
- Getting velvet white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth
- Problems chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue
- Unusual bleeding in the mouth
- Unusual numbness, pain, or tenderness of the face mouth, or neck
- Bad breath
- Dramatic weight loss
- Sore in the oral cavity neck and face that do not heal
- Chronic sore throat and voice changes especially hoarseness
- Ear pain
Some of the symptoms may seem regular but a combination of two or more is a reason to consult your ProsthodontistOur Team, CBD Brisbane for a cancer screening.
Screening could be the first step at ensuring that you can discover the disease early and avoid disastrous consequences.
How to prevent Cancer
Naturally with the prospects of dying and having a pretty uncomfortable period you would want to know how you can keep oral cancer at bay. The first step is knowing the risk factors that elevate the chances of having oral cancer.
Avoiding the risk factors can substantially reduce your chances of getting mouth cancer.
All forms of tobacco use put one at the risk of contracting oral cancer be it chewing tobacco, smoking cigarettes, cigars, or using smokeless tobacco. Combining alcohol with tobacco or taking alcohol alone can further increase the incidence.
Exposure to the sun UV rays without sunscreen and HPV is linked to higher risks of contracting cancer.
Luckily the most effective way of stopping oral cancer is avoiding the risk factor and doing simple tasks to keep healthy.
You can limit exposure to the sun using lip balm, having a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, keeping dentures clean removing them before sleep daily. Following the regimen as well as keeping good oral hygiene is effective against cancer.
Need an appointment for oral cancer screening
To schedule, an appointment with our dentist visits our website or call our clinic ( 07 ) 3130 2133 to book an appointment. Our team at Amitis Dental Studio Fortitude Valley is ready to assist you during office hours.