Steps to Prevent Oral Cancer

  • By Nasheel Soni
  • 12 Apr, 2017
Oral cancer grows in the tissues of the mouth and throat. It belongs to a larger group of cancers called head and neck cancers. Most invade the squamous cells found in your mouth, tongue, and lips causing damage to surrounding tissue.

Often oral cancer is only  discovered when the malignant cells have metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. This makes it extremely important to educate yourself about how to prevent it.

Steps to Prevent

1. Avoid Tobacco
Chewing or smoking tobacco is the most common cause of oral cancer. It exposes your mouth cells to dangerous carcinogens- making your chances 5-10 times more likely.
2. Drink Moderately
Alcohol is another major risk factor. In moderation, it is fine but heavy drinkers highly increase their chances. Also, combining tobacco and alcohol makes it 2 to 3 more likely to get mouth cancer.

3. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise does your body wonders. Being active will strengthen your immune systems and protect your body against cancers.

4. Eat Healthy
Dr. Lewei Zhang, professor of oral and biomedical sciences at British Columbia University says "Right now the effect of diets and nutrition in preventing cancer is hot". Plan your diet to include a wide range of fruits and vegetables. They are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to fight off cancer cells.

5. Sunscreen your Lips
Our lips are very venerable  to the sun because often they are forgotten when applying sunscreen. If lips (or anywhere on our body) are over exposed to the sun the chances of oral cancer will increase. You can buy sunscreen lipstick at most continence stores.

6. Self-Examination
If your family has a history of cancer, make self-examinations a common part of your life. Use a mouth mirror to check for lumps, tenderness, colored patches, and bumps. If anything comes up, see your dentist immediately.

7. Keep Up to Date with your Dentist
Every 6 months ask your dentist to conduct an oral cancer screening.

Symptoms

If you make sure to take each step into account, you are in great shape. But for further information oral cancer symptoms include:

  • A sore on your lip or mouth that won’t heal
  • Lump in the neck
  • Earache that won’t go away
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Numbness in the lower lip face, neck, or chin
  • Red or white patches in mouth or lips.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • A chronic sore throat
The earliest signs of oral cancer may be mistaken as a toothache or cold. If any of these symptoms persist visit your dentist or doctor immediately.

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