Mouth cancer is in the top five malignant diseases in the world.
Although it is a shocking fact, the good news is that it can be prevented such as lung and skin cancer. Benign and malignant growths can be formed from any tissue in the mouth. So, it is very important to visit the dentist not only for the health of the teeth but also for the overall health of the mouth. Cancer can be cured easily if it is up to a centimeter in diameter, but very often it is detected too late, at the stage when the cancer has already attacked the lymph nodes in the jaw and neck. Some of the risk factors for the formation of cancer in the oral cavity are smoking and too much consumption of alcohol, but we must say that 25 % of the patients do not belong to this group. Mouth cancer often strikes people over 40 years, and 2/3 are men. Recently, there is an increasing number of younger people with mouth cancer.
Here are some of the symptoms:
-A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks
-A red or white parch on the tongue, gums or lining
-Problems in swallowing
-Numbness of the tongue or some other area of the mouth