Happy Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Oral cancer may be a horrible topic, but it is worth to understand everything about this topic. If we all know about oral cancer, I’m sure that everyone will become aware and the more we get to understand about this topic we will work more on preventing it. We at DrDentistsBlacktown are celebrating oral cancer awareness month and provide advices to help you out on dental issue and how to take care of your oral health.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is a kind of cancer that occurs anywhere in the mouth. Do you know where it occurs? Well, this cancer will occur in your Tongue, inside the cheeks, gums, lips, tongue. Do you know that more than 8000 people die every day due to oral cancer? Do you why?
The reason why the mortality rate of oral cancer is higher than other common cancers such as cervical cancer, skin cancer, thyroid cancer, etc. is that it always spread to the body undetected until it progresses too much to other parts of the body.
What causes oral cancer?
- Diet: Diet with low intake of fruits and vegetables may increase the risk of oral cancer, and in other studies, it is possible to prevent various types of cancer if there is a high intake of fruits and vegetables.
- Age: Most patients developing oral cancer are over 40 years old. If you are over the age of 40, ensure that the doctor checks the symptoms of oral cancer and continues the dental hygiene regimen.
- Alcohol, severe drinking can cause oral cancer. These are synergistic for both regular smokers and alcohol drinker. Smoking and drinking will increase the risk of oral cancer by 15 times.
- Sunlight Exposure: SPF is also required on your lips! Repeated exposure to sunlight increases the risk of developing cancer on the lips, especially the lower lip.
Oral cancer is very common and can be avoided by taking care of your lifestyle. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco etc. Tobacco chewing must be severely avoided, and food with high nutritional value must be taken into a daily diet. Ultimately, health is wealth.