As you know, the thought of dealing with cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, as you probably know, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to beat the disease when it’s caught early. This is also true when it comes to oral cancer. Fortunately, if you are careful and observant, there are a few things you can do to identify cancer—and a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than woman. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do.
If you drink alcohol or chew or smoke tobacco, you increase your chances of having to deal with oral cancer. On the bright side, these are habits that can be changed—though it may not be easy. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and following an unhealthy diet can also increase your chances of having this disease. Again, a change in your lifestyle can help.
However, there are a few signs you can watch for. For instance, if you have a sore throat that doesn’t fade after a few days, notice discoloration in your mouth, experience numbness of your mouth or lips, feel a lump form, or notice a shift in the way your teeth fit together, you could have oral cancer. However, if you notice these symptoms, please don’t panic. These symptoms can also be caused by other issues.
If you have any of these symptoms at all please contact our Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our team, please feel free to contact Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS at 586-685-0880.