ORAL CANCER: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND PREVENTION

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Symptoms of Oral Cancer:
– Persistent mouth sores or ulcers that do not heal
– Red or white patches on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
– Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
– Difficulty or pain while swallowing or speaking
– Persistent sore throat or hoarseness
– Numbness or pain in the mouth or lips
– Swelling or lumps in the mouth, throat, or neck
– Changes in bite or difficulty wearing dentures

Causes of Oral Cancer:
– Tobacco use, including smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes
– Excessive alcohol consumption
– Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
– Prolonged sun exposure to the lips
– Poor oral hygiene and dental care
– Weakened immune system
– Family history of oral cancer

Prevention of Oral Cancer:
– Avoid tobacco products and limit alcohol consumption.
– Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
– Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and oral cancer screenings.
– Protect your lips from excessive sun exposure by using lip balm with SPF and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
– Get vaccinated against HPV, as it can reduce the risk of oral cancer.
– Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
– Be aware of any changes in your mouth and seek prompt medical attention if you notice any persistent symptoms.

It’s important to note that this information is not exhaustive, and if you have concerns about oral cancer, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional or dentist for a proper diagnosis and personalized advice.

For more information contact the office of Dr. James D. Lund DDS in the South Jordan, Daybreak area of the Salt Lake Valley. Call us at 801-254-7777 or find us online at www.jameslunddds.com