Keep Yourself Safe from Oral Cancer; it’s Easy!

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Oral cancers, just like most cancers, are a very real risk. But the good news is that, among the many types of cancers, oral cancer is extremely preventable, and when caught early, highly treatable.

Oral cancers can occur anywhere on the lips, tongue, cheek, inside of the mouth or throat. Warning signs of mouth cancers include:

  • Ear pain
  • Growths/lumps
  • Halitosis
  • Lesions/ulcers
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth pain
  • Painful swallowing
  • Sores that refuse to heal
  • White or red patches

Ways you can prevent ever needing to worry about this stuff include:

  • Eat nutritious fruits and vegetables
  • Keep proper dental hygiene
  • Limit your red meat intake
  • Moderate your alcohol intake
  • No tobacco use of any kind
  • See your dentist every 6 months
  • Stay away from fried, broiled and microwaved foods
  • Stay away from processed foods
  • Where chapstick with SPF when you’re in the sun

In addition to keeping a healthy lifestyle and understanding the need to stay on top of your daily brush-and-floss routine, take a look around the inside of your mouth in a mirror once a month. If you notice any changes, schedule an appointment with your dentist for an oral cancer screening. Nothing wrong with covering all your bases.

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