This month, we would like to bring oral cancer awareness to our communities. You can support the Oral Cancer Foundation to end oral cancer – National Oral Cancer Awareness Week (April 12–18) -www.Cancer.org. Oral cancer can be found on the lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, and the floor of the mouth (beneath the tongue and roof of your mouth) – www.toothwisdom.org.
Currently, studies show that the use of tobacco and alcohol and exposure to the HPV-16 virus can increase the risks of oral cancer. Most of you may think that this is a rare form of cancer – afterall, it’s the first time you’ve heard of it. If so, you may be surprised to learn that a person dies from oral cancer every hour of everyday – Oral Cancer Foundation!
Since early detection and treatment can reduce risks, the goal of the campaign for this month is to bring public awareness to this specific cancer. Although dentists are often early detectors of the cancer, the Oral Cancer Foundation encourages anyone with any of the symptoms listed to get screened immediately.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer – toothwisdom.org
- a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
- red or white patches
- pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
- a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
Perhaps, someone you know is suffering from the symptoms listed above and he/she never associated with cancer. If you believe that together we can bring awareness and save the lives of those in our communities, please share this blog. You never know who’s life you may be saving.