Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Tobacco use, alcohol consumption, sun exposure to the lips, and the human papillomavirus are all known risk factors for oral cancers. By modifying our lifestyle, ensuring that our children receive the HPV vaccine, examining our mouths for suspicious changes, and scheduling regular dental hygiene visits, we can reduce this risk of illness.

Did you know that dental hygienists provide oral cancer screenings at each appointment and will make referrals to specialists if they spot anything unusual? They also remind us to watch for the following changes in our mouths between appointments:

  • Alterations to the colour or texture of gums, cheeks, lips or tongue
  • Mouth lumps or sores that do not heal within 14 days
  • Chronic sore throat or cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lumps in the neck, including those that aren’t bothersome
  • Mouth or ear pain

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers, now among the 10 most common cancers worldwide, often go unnoticed at first because they can develop without pain or symptoms. But, if the cancer is detected early and before it has spread to other tissues, it can usually be treated successfully.

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