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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.

There are some people who are simply more likely to have cancer than others. Men, for example, are more likely to get it than women. Also, after the age of 44, the chances of having cancer increase greatly. There is really nothing you can do about these two factors, but there are things you can change to decrease your chance of getting cancer. Habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking increase an individual’s chances of having cancer. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and your diet can affect your odds of dealing with this disease.

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 office 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.