Cancer on the mouth is the sixth most common cancer in the world, but many people do not know anything about it.
The number of people diagnosed with oral cancer in the United Kingdom exceeded 7,500 per year, which is more than two-thirds (68%) over the past 20 years.
These worrying statistics mean oral cancer – also known as oral cancer – is now the fastest among the fastest growing cancer types in the country.
Most cases develop in older adults between 50 and 74 years old but can affect people of all ages.
Cancer on the lips occurs when the tumor develops in the mouth, the glands that produce saliva, mandolins on the back of the mouth and part of the neck that connects the mouth with their intestines.
November marks the month of action against UK oral cavity – an oral health campaign aimed at raising awareness of cancer on the mouth and saving lives by early detection and prevention, so I thought it was a good time to talk about this Talk to your readers.
To help with finding warning signs early, the dentist, bacteriologist and founder of The Breath Company dr. Harold Katz revealed the most common symptoms and reveals how you can reduce the risk of potentially lethal illness.
What causes cancer on the mouth?
Dr. Katz said: "Although lung cancer is a disease that is directly related to rot and gum disease (both
affecting the growth of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth), the choice of lifestyle plays a big role in
increase the chances of developing a disease and two main causes in the UK are tobacco and
"Tobacco is still considered to be the main cause of cancer in the mouth and drinking in excess can increase the risk by four times."
The Mouth Cancer Foundation states that "those who smoke have up to 30 times the likelihood of developing cancer on their mouths."
Dr. Katz went on to say: "The lesser known risk is the washing of lips containing alcohol, if used over a long period of time, could actually contribute to the problem.
"So, the" burns "that feel when you're rubbed with an orange-containing mouth do not only kill bacteria with scars, they can also damage sensitive oral tissues in your mouth and increase the risk of oral ulcers and oral cancer.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
"Cancer on the mouth can develop on the surface of the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the inside of the face, lips and gums.
"A recent study by Mouth Cancer Action has shown that" the worrying number of Britons can not recognize the three most likely potential signs of early warning of oral cancer – lumps and swelling (41%), untreated mouth ulcers (44%), and red patches in the mouth 60%). "
"In light of these statistics, it is essential to regularly check these symptoms and to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.
"As with most forms of cancer, early detection is crucial and can dramatically affect long-term diagnosis.
"If an early cancer is detected in the mouth, the prediction is usually quite good, so it's vital to make regular appointments with your dentist as they will be able to thoroughly examine your mouth and quickly observe any areas of concern."
Other symptoms of oral cancer may include:
1. Pain or swallowing problems (dysphagia)
2. Changes in your speech or speech problems
3. Unexplained weight loss
4. Bleeding or numbness in the mouth
5. Tooth or tooth lost without obvious cause, or tooth socket that does not cure
6. The difficulty of moving the jaw
7. Red or white patches on the mouth of the mouth (these are common and are very rarely cancerous, but can sometimes change into cancer, so it's worth seeing that a specialist, if you have them)
What can I do to reduce the risk of developing oral cancer?
Dr. Katz reveals three effective preventive methods:
1. "Visit your dentist regularly and agree if you notice any changes in your mouth or any signs of swelling, cubes, red spots or ulcers that do not greet in three weeks.
"They will be able to check the mouth for any warning signs and / or early symptoms and advise on the best course of action."
2. "Keep your mouth and gums healthy by accepting a robust oral hygiene regime. Regular brush and thread, but avoid sharp myths in toothpaste.
"The brush helps remove plaque and bacteria on the teeth, but some toothpaste contains sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), a detergent that creates a foam but does not benefit from cleaning. The additive was recently associated with serious side effects, including wound wounds.
"Flossing is an additional step, but it is important, as it helps to reach between teeth, where toothpaste is sometimes late.
"In addition, the regular and specific use of non-alcoholic disorders, such as healthy respiratory cavity (Breath Company Healthy Gums Oral Flushing) (£ 14.00, 500 ml, www.boots.com and shoe stores across the country) the area of the gums and thus eliminate the calls that are associated with gum disease and reduce the formation of biofilm, which leads to the formation of plaque and tartar. It is important that alcohol-based oral lines avoid alcohol because these problems can worsen and cause a dry mouth. "
3. "Pay attention to your lifestyle and make the necessary changes to protect your oral health.
"Quitting smoking and restricting alcohol consumption will greatly reduce the risk of cancer in the mouth and contribute to healthy gums and mouth. One balanced and healthy diet with at least five parts of the fruit and vegetables per day."