1 AnswerAnyone can get oral cancer. It occurs most often in people who use tobacco in any form and drink heavily (30 drinks or more per week). That combination is estimated to cause the majority of oral cancers diagnosed in the United States. People who often spend long periods of time in the sun are also at higher risk for lip cancer. In addition, infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cancer in certain parts of the oral cavity.
1 AnswerVisit your dentist regularly for an oral cancer screening to help detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. Screening for early changes in your mouth and on your tongue, as well as your face and neck, can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. Your dentist will examine your face, neck and mouth for lumps, red or white patches, or recurring sore areas.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerPatrick Maguire, MD, Oncology, answeredIn the United States, it's estimated that about 37,000 patients will be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth and throat, and 8,000 patients will die of their disease. Cancers of the head and neck are diagnosed more than twice as often in men (25,000 cases per year) as in women (12,000 cases per year). The lifetime risk of a head and neck cancer diagnosis is about 1%, or one in 100 people.
4 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Oral cancer can be caused by chronic inflammation or transmittal of the HPV virus through oral sex. A screening involves using multi-spectral technology--three different lights that allow an oral health professional to see lesions invisible to the naked eye. If an abnormality is detected, a biopsy is the next step.
There are no published studies that validate a cause and effect association. Therefore, alcohol-containing mouthrinses meet the criteria for effective antiseptic mouthrinses.
When selecting a mouthwash look for products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, which have been tested for their safety and effectiveness.
2 AnswersDr. Benjamin S Fiss DDS, Dentistry, answered
This new and exciting technology utilizes a narrow band of safe, high-energy blue light and specialized filtering technology to help thoroughly evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern, such as potentially cancerous lesions that may not be evident under white light. We believe that this new technology will assist dentists in detecting disease at earlier stages and therefore help us catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer.
Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Americans each year. People who smoke or drink alcohol are at an increased risk for the disease. In addition, African-Americans are especially vulnerable.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco and alcohol use. Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.
Oral cancer can be very serious but regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily. During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer.
The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
- sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- a thick or hard spot or lump
- a roughened or crusted area
- numbness, pain or tenderness
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.
2 AnswersSmoking or chewing tobacco does increase your risk of developing mouth cancer, although not everyone who uses tobacco will get cancer. If you smoke tobacco, your risk of developing mouth cancer is six times higher than that of people who don't smoke. Also, if you smoke and drink, you increase your risk of mouth cancer even more.
1 AnswerHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Before seeing your doctor, keep track of your symptoms. Make note of any other personal information and questions that you may have. You should create a list containing all of the medications that you are currently taking. It may be useful to you to take notes at your appointment as well. All of these things will help you make the best use of your time with a doctor.