How to Prevent Oral Cancer

Posted on : 09-12-2014 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that affects the mouth. It can form in the lining of the cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth, tongue, and lips. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore that does not go away. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheek, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

Signs and Symptoms

1. Swellings, thickenings, rough spots on the lips.

2. The development of velvety white, red patches in the mouth

 3. Bleeding in the mouth

 4. Loss of feeling, or pain in areas of the face or mouth.

 5. Sores on the face, neck, or mouth that do not heal within two weeks

 6. Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

 8. Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or changes in the voice

 9. Ear pain

10. Weight loss


1. Do not use chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars or pipes if you want to prevent mouth cancer.

2. Drinking large quantities of alcoholic beverages is associated with increased risk for mouth cancer.

3. The risk of getting cancer of the mouth increases in people over the age of 45 and the cancer occurs more commonly in men than in women.

4. Be aware that exposure to the sun can be a risk factor when it comes to contracting cancers on the lips.

5. Use lip balms with UV protection to lower your risk. Protect yourself by using sunscreen on and around your lips.

6. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoid eating foods high in fats and sugars

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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