Shining Light on Oral Cancer Awareness Month

As we begin with Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it’s critical that we shed light on this often-overlooked yet potentially fatal condition. Oral cancer affects thousands of people globally, though many are unaware of the risks and symptoms. This month, we are joining a worldwide effort to raise awareness about oral cancer and the significance of early identification and prevention.

How Does Oral Cancer Occur?

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the mouth or throat tissues, such as the lips, tongue, gums, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth (palate), and floor of the mouth. Oral cancer, like other types of cancer, develops when cells in the tissues expand completely, leading to tumors. While the exact cause of oral cancer is not always known, various factors may increase the risk, including

Tobacco Use:

Smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or smokeless tobacco products increases the chance of developing mouth cancer.

Alcohol use:

Heavy alcohol use, particularly when mixed with tobacco use, increases the likelihood of developing oral cancer.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection:

Certain HPV strains, specifically HPV-16 and HPV-18, have been linked to an increased risk of oral cancer.

Sun Exposure:

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can raise the risk of lip cancer, particularly in people with fair skin.

Poor Oral Hygiene:

Failure to exercise oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis, can lead to the development of oral cancer.

Symptoms Of Oral Cancer

Early identification of oral cancer is critical to optimal treatment outcomes. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can help people in seeking timely medical assistance. Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

Persistent Mouth Sores:

Sores or ulcers in the mouth that do not heal after a few weeks.

Red or White Spots:

They might appear on the gums, tongue, or mouth lining.

Difficulty Swallowing:

Dysphagia is a condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful.

Persistent Sore Throat:

A sore throat or hoarseness that does not improve over time.

Changes in Voice:

Variations in voice quality or speaking patterns, such as slurred speech or persistent hoarseness.

Swelling or Lump:

Swelling, lumps, or thickening of the lips, gums, or inside the mouth.

Unexplained Weight Loss:

Weight loss that occurs without changing one’s diet or physical activity level.

Asian Hospital: Your Partner in Oral Health.

At Asian Hospital, we are dedicated to promoting oral health and delivering comprehensive care to patients with oral cancer and related diseases. Our expert oncologists, oral surgeons, and dental specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose, treat, and manage oral cancer.

From routine oral cancer screenings and preventive education to advanced treatment options including surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, we work to deliver individualized care that is suited to each patient’s specific needs. Our cutting-edge facilities and technologies ensure that our patients receive the best possible care in a compassionate and supportive environment.

This Oral Cancer Awareness Month, start by safeguarding your oral health by scheduling a routine dental check-up and screening. Contact us at Asian Hospital to learn more about our oral health services and how we can help you achieve optimal oral health.