Upcoming this November the United Kingdom will be ushering in the Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Designed to promote awareness of the symptoms, causes and efforts being made to treat the disease, Mouth Cancer Awareness Month is comprised of a variety of efforts to distribute information and encourage screenings and proper oral care.
We decided to give a nod to the efforts of the hard working people behind this national event by taking this opportunity to share some information with our readers here at the liGo blog.
What Is Mouth Or Oral Cancer?
The terms Mouth Cancer and Oral Cancer are used interchangeably. Mouth Cancer is any form of cancerous tissue which is growing in the mouth – it can occur in just about any part of the mouth, be it the tongue, gums, palate or elsewhere. Cancers are tumours or growths on the body which exhibit unregulated cell growth. These unchecked cells have the potential to invade or disrupt other healthy cells, leading to the issues caused by cancer.
Mouth cancer usually first presents itself in the form of a lesion or tum within the mouth. These can be painless and otherwise the cancer can be asymptomatic, but as they develop may become painful and cause other issues within the mouth such as trouble when swallowing, open mouth sores and other problematic issues.
How To Check For Mouth Cancer?
The first signs of Mouth Cancer tend to be irregular growths within the mouth. To look for potential mouth cancer, examine the interior of the mouth for irregular growths, typically with discoloured skin. If you have any irregular lumps or lesions in your moth which have persisted for more than two full weeks (14 days,) consult a doctor for proper diagnosis.
Causes Of Mouth Cancer
Several factors have been implicated in causing Mouth Cancer. Approximately 75% of Mouth Cancer cases can be traced back to tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Other cases can result from poor oral hygiene, nutritional deficits, and sometimes chronic infections by virus or bacteria. Tobacco usage, both in its smoked form and in chewable products, has been directly linked to Mouth Cancer.
Because poor oral hygiene is a contributing factor to potential Mouth Cancer, this is as great a reason as ever to take a bit of time to improve your dental care habits. Perhaps look into investing in an electric toothbrush to provide a much better clean than traditional manual brushes. Flossing is also important, and keeping regular cleaning habits and periodic dentist visits is essential to having a clean, healthy mouth.
Having regular dental inspections is also a great way to catch any potential Mouth Cancer before it manages to develop too much.
What Can I Do For Mouth Cancer Awareness Month?
Take a look at www.mouthcancer.org for some more information on potential places to donate, to volunteer your efforts, to get some helpful information about Mouth Cancer and to support the fight to end cancer.