Published: Jun 07, 2016 | By: Richard Caven
Some 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with either oral or pharyngeal cancer on an annual basis. These types of cancers claim the lives of nearly 10,000 Americans each year - or about one person every hour. Furthermore, of all those diagnosed with either oral or pharyngeal cancer, less than 60 percent will still be living within 5 years.
Many people are surprised to learn that oral cancer death rates are higher than that of other, more common cancers - and that's a big part of the reason why many dental practices are making it part of the cleaning appointment to first do a screening to see if there's any evidence of such. However, often times you don't need a dentist to tell you if something is awry within your mouth, as there are signs and symptoms that you can be on the lookout for as well when it comes to detecting possible oral cancer.
As is the case with any cancer, early detection is key to beating it. When it comes to oral cancer, it can occur anywhere in or around the mouth, such as the lips, the tongue, throat and sinuses. Here are some of the warning signs of oral cancer:
While the aforementioned are signs to take note of, there are also a number of identified risk factors that make oral cancer more likely. These risk factors include:
For more information on the warning signs of oral cancer and whether or not your lifestyle may put you at risk, contact Caven Dental today.
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