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As you know, the thought of dealing with cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, as you probably know, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to beat the disease when it’s caught early. This is also true when it comes to oral cancer. Fortunately, if you are careful and observant, there are a few things you can do to identify cancer—and a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do.

Still, there are other things you can do to help decrease your odds of getting oral cancer. Habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol make you more likely to get oral cancer. Sunlight and your diet can also negatively affect your odds. Fortunately, if you cut back on smoking and drinking—or preferably quit entirely—use sunblock, and follow a healthy diet, your odds will could reduce further.

However, there are a few signs you can watch for. For instance, if you have a sore throat that doesn’t fade after a few days, notice discoloration in your mouth, experience numbness of your mouth or lips, feel a lump form, or notice a shift in the way your teeth fit together, you could have oral cancer. However, if you notice these symptoms, please don’t panic. These symptoms can also be caused by other issues.

If you have any of these symptoms at all please contact our team today. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our team, please feel free to contact Mountainside Family Dental at 480-359-1473.