While studies indicate early detection of oral cancer can result in a survival rate of 90%, too often warning signs are ignored, and delayed diagnosis means survival rate plummets to 40%.
What can cause oral cancer?
• Two-thirds of oral cancer are linked to smoking tobacco
• Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer by 15%
• Drinking alcohol to excess is also linked to a cause of oral cancer
• Poor diet
• Overexposure to sunlight increases the risk of cancer to the lips
What are signs of oral cancer?
Oral cancer can appear in different forms, usually as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal. It can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips. The best way to prevent signs of oral cancer are regular examinations. Here at Brenner Dental of Park Slope, your examination includes not only the inside of your mouth and tongue, but we also look at your neck and underneath your jaw.
What can I do to prevent oral cancer?
• Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake
• Avoid all forms of smokeless tobacco
• Eat a balanced healthy diet
• Visit your dental team regularly