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:
- Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
- It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue and the hard-soft palate.
- Sore that bleeds easily or doesn't heal
- A colour change of the oral tissues
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- A change in the way the teeth fit together Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form
- Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk. Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer
- 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
- 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.