Oral cancer ranks number one among men and number three among women in India. Oral cancer constitutes 12% of all cancers among women.

Signs of Oral Cancer:

  1. Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
  2. It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue and the hard-soft palate.
  3. Sore that bleeds easily or doesn't heal
  4. A colour change of the oral tissues
  5. A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  6. Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  7. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  8. A change in the way the teeth fit together Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form
  9. Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk. Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer
  10. Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors, Oral cancer is more likely to strike after age 40
  11. Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions

Regular dental check-ups  are important:

Oral Cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential for the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.