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Oral Cancer Myths

The World Wide Web is a fantastic resource of information on any subject that comes to mind. Unfortunately, all the data is not correct. For your oral health, there is inaccurate information circulating about a serious condition. Many people mistakenly believe they are not at risk of getting this condition. Are you ready to bust myths?

Oral Cancer Myths

Myth #1: Only people who smoke get oral cancer.
Fact: Tobacco use is one of the significant oral cancer risk factors, but nonsmokers get oral cancer too.

Myth # 2: Young people don’t get oral cancer.
Fact: Because of the link between HPV and oral cancer, many young adults are getting the disease.

Myth #3: Oral cancer is uncommon.
Fact: According to World Cancer Research Fund International, lip and oral cancers are ranked 16th among common cancers worldwide for 2018.

Myth #4: Oral cancer signs are easily detected.
Fact: Mouth and throat cancer often goes undetected in areas such as the lymph nodes, tonsils, and base of the tongue.

Myth #5: Only people with high-risk factors need oral cancer screening.
Fact: Oral cancer screenings are part of a comprehensive dental exam. In the fight against oral cancer, early detection is essential.

Signs of Oral Cancer

  • Red or white patches on the tongue, gums, tonsils, or lining of the mouth
  • Mouth sores not healing
  • Teeth become loose
  • Continuous mouth pain
  • Abnormal lump or thickening in the neck, face, jaw, teeth, tongue, or gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Weight loss that’s unexplained
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Moving the tongue or jaw becomes hard

Lower Your Risk Factors

  • No smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Protect yourself from HPV
  • Limit time in the sun
  • Schedule regular dental exams

Oral cancer screenings are vital to early detection of the disease, which increases favorable treatment outcomes. Are you experiencing any symptoms of oral cancer? How long has it been since your last dental visit? Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

To your health,

Dr. Pearce