Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), is the sixth most frequently occurring malignant tumors and is increasing at an alarming rate. According to world Health organization (WHO) there are an estimated 657,000 new cases of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx each year, and more than 330,000 deaths as of 2018.
Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer.
The warning bell: Oral Cancer Symptoms
These are some common symptoms associated with oral cancer.
1. Persistent Mouth ulcer that does not heal.
2. Reddish /White patches in mouth and tongue.
3. Difficulties in moving tongue and jaw
4. Numbness of the tongue
5. Change in Voice
6. Chronic Bad Breath
7. Loose teeth.
8. Persistent pain in mouth
9. A growth or lump inside your mouth.
10. Weight Loss
11. Difficulty in speaking
Oral Cancer and challenges:
Diagnosis of patient with Oral cancer largely depends on the stage of the cancer.
The challenge to diagnose the cancer at the early stage occurs primarily due to the lack of regular dental visit habit among the population.
Pearl dental clinic Dubai expert advices everyone to have a routine dental examination carried out every 6 months, in order to identify any abnormalities at the early stages. Majority of patients delay the dental checkup because of fear, particularly true among the young patients resulting in heavy damages.
Existing Dental problems such as calculus on the teeth, broken teeth, the condition of dental implants, status of existing dental repairs such as crowns or fillings and periodontal disease can also make oral cancer treatment challenging.
Tobacco products, heavy use of alcohol and particularly the combined use of both, have been implicated as the main causes of oral cancer. A typical high-risk profile for oral cancer is male, over age 40, who uses tobacco and/or heavy alcohol. Despite widespread knowledge of the risk that tobacco exposure and use poses, it is single-handedly responsible for wide spread diseases including Oral cancer. Pearl Dental Clinic have Smoking reduction programs that will help you reduce your nicotine intake and thereby safeguard you from potential oral and other cancers.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis and Treatments:
Examination of oral cancer can be easily carried out by convenient diagnostic methods such as Vital staining, fluorescence visualization, fresh biopsy, salivary analysis. Optical technique like autofluorescence imaging, narrow band imaging, optical coherence tomography has been developed to identify risk areas harboring cancer. At present biopsy is the gold standard.
Early the diagnosis better the prognosis. Keep smiling and lets together beat the cancer. We at Pearl Dental Clinic – Dubai believe that everyone can have a healthy smile for life and with our help it’s easier than you think!