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Oral cancer is a very prevalent form of cancer. Most cases of oral cancer appear in those older than 50, but any age level can develop it. Most frequently found on the tongue, mouth floor, soft palate. lips, and gums, oral cancer can spread and lead to typical cancer results: pain, disfigurement, or even death. Luckily, oral cancer is now far less mysterious; your dentist can screen for it at your regular appointments.
As with most cancers, the cause of oral cancer is still unknown. That said, the usual suspects are often to blame as risk factors, especially tobacco, alcohol, and sun exposure.
As mentioned above, however, your dentist can help identify the early stages of oral cancer. He or she will likely offer oral cancer screenings at every regular checkup. The dentist will examine you by feeling for unusual lumps or lesions in your mouth and its surrounding areas -
You already know many of the risk factors for cancer -
To that end, it may be helpful to recognize the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer. The first signs are typically lesions or discolored patches in or around the mouth. It is important to be vigilant in your checking -
If your dentist notices something troublesome, he or she will likely call for a biopsy of the affected spot to confirm a cancerous presence. From there, you will likely be presented with any number of treatment options, including surgery to extract the tumor(s), chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. As unpleasant as the treatment options may seem, I urge you to be vigilant in your observation and fast in your approach to treatment. Your long-