Oral cancer is a serious and potentially deadly disease that affects thousands of people every year. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we can all come together to learn more about this disease and how we can help prevent it.
Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, and throat. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and exposure to certain viruses.
Symptoms may include:
- A sore or mass in the mouth that does not heal
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain or numbness in the mouth or lips
- Persistent bad breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
There are several ways you can help prevent oral cancer. The most effective way is to avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. You should also practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing your teeth and using mouthwash regularly. In addition, it is important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and screenings.
During this month, take some time to educate yourself about this serious disease. Share what you have learned with your friends and family, and encourage them to practice good oral health habits. Together, we can work towards a future where oral cancer is a thing of the past.
If you have any concerns about your own health, or if you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to ask our professional dental team at your next appointment. Call (919) 847-8413.