Mouth cancer can affect anyone, whether or not they have their own teeth. Mouth cancers in people over 40, especially men, are more common. Research has shown, however, that in younger patients and women, mouth cancer is becoming more common.
What can cause oral cancer?
Tobacco and alcohol users are more likely to experience oral cancer. Alcohol consumption increases the risk of oral cancer and, mixed with the uses of tobacco, increases the risk. Unprotected sun exposure can also cause lip cancer.
How can mouth cancer be detected early?
Early detection increases success rates, so regular oral and dental inspections are recommended. The earlier the abnormality will be detected, the less likely the ulcer will be. Regular dental health inspections and annual oral cancer inspections allow early detection.
Your dentist will always check for cancer during your regular check-up as a patient in our practice.
What are the symptoms of oral or mouth cancer?
Symptoms can include:
- Red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue
Tips for a healthy mouth
- Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
- Look for any red or white patches or ulcers (they can be painless sometimes) while brushing your teeth.
- Sun exposure: avoid over-exposure by using a lip-balm
- Eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients
- Cut down on smoking and drinking
For more information go to: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/wyntk-oral-cancer
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