• Oral Cancer: What You Definitely Should Know

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    July 14th, 2010adminarticles

    Statistically speaking, one American dies every hour because of oral cancer. The risks associated with oral cancer are tremendously high, and the average oral cancer-related deaths recorded each year are getting higher. So what is oral cancer? What are the risks involved? What are the symptoms? Hopefully this article will give a much-needed overview of the illness and will get you started on living without the fear of getting oral cancer.

    First off, oral cancer is the sixth most prevalent cancer worldwide. Recently, around 640,000 diagnosed cases of oral cancer have been reported by the Oral Cancer Foundation and the American Dental Association – and the numbers are rapidly increasing. The foundation estimates that from around 36,000 Americans that will be diagnosed of oral cancer before 2010 ends, an unfortunate 10-20% of those diagnosed with the illness will prematurely lose their lives. The aggregate survival rate for people who have oral cancer, both early and late stages – is only 45%, meaning that one is not out of the woods yet after being preliminarily diagnosed for cancer. Summing up on the figures, around 9,000 Americans die of oral cancer each year.

    The “cure” for the early and late onset oral cancer is a multidisciplinary approach involving the best, combined efforts of trained medical and dental professionals like dentists, nutritionists, diagnosticians, and oncologists. People with periodontal diseases are the likeliest of the population to have oral cancer, so it is very imperative that one suffering from these periodontal problems prepare for the best and most reliable medical/dental insurance that he/she may use if, God forbid, oral cancer becomes the diagnosis.

    Men are twice as prone as women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, since the major contributory factors of the dreaded illness are: excessive smoking and abusive alcohol consumption. Though research shows that only 25% of people who have been diagnosed with the condition are heavy on these vices, the 25% link is still a considerable commonality, since we cannot fully assume if the one diagnosed with the cancer thrives in a community or a household that is plagued with secondhand smoke.

    The degenerative effects of oral cancer are indeed terrifying. Impairment of speech, chewing/swallowing disability, as well as lack of salivation are only some of the underlying effects of oral cancer. To know if there is a strong prognosis that you might have oral cancer, notice if you have been experiencing these changes in your body:

    1.) Very tender gums and sores that easily bleed.

    2.) Pale discolorations in your mouth

    3.) Voice pitch changes

    4.) Sudden weight loss

    5.) Difficulty in gnawing/chewing/grinding food.

    6.) Uneasiness with the bite of your teeth.

    If your body manifests these symptoms, it is high time to consult a dental professional before the problem gets severe and to get a thorough examination and diagnosis of your present dental condition.

    Before we finish this article, we would like to give out important tips on how to maintain the best oral practices that, based on studies, significantly reduce the likeliness of getting oral cancer:

    • Don’t smoke; don’t drink

    • Avoid screaming on top of your lungs

    • Do not ingest foreign substances that have no FDA approval or substances that, you know, can compromise your health, even for fun’s sake.

    • For people who are wearing braces/dentures, make sure that your appliances fit correctly and make sure that they are well-maintained and clean.

    • Do not expose your lips or your teeth to harsh amounts of sunlight

    • Chew your food, don’t wolf it down.

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