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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Published on April 19th, 2018

The statistics speak for themselves: nearly one person every hour of every day dies because of oral cancer. Approximately 40,000 people in the United States suffer from it at any given time and the five-year survival rate is 75 percent as long as you’re diagnosed early. If the cancer spreads, the five-year survival rate drops down to 20 percent. Visiting our Lakeview dentist is an important part of ensuring your mouth is healthy. But, what else can you do?

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer begins as squamous cells throughout any given area of your mouth or lips. You may notice that your mouth feels extremely sore and irritated, and the pain is not going away. It’s also common to develop red or white rough, crusty patches, lumps, thickness or eroded areas in your mouth. You may find it difficult to swallow, talk or eat. You may experience some of these symptoms once in a while in your mouth, but if they last longer than two or three weeks, it’s best to visit our Lakeview dentist.

What Can You Do?

Avoiding tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are two ways you can help prevent oral cancer. If you have human papillomavirus or if you are 50 or older, you may be at an increased risk of developing it. Always brush and floss your teeth regularly and schedule regular cleanings to ensure that nothing abnormal is going on in your mouth. Early detection is key in making sure to tackle the cancer before it becomes worse.

If you have questions or concerns, contact our Lakeview dentist today to find out more information.

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