Could You Have Early Stage Oral Cancer?

Could You Have Early Stage Oral Cancer?

Everyday, we are met with the dangers and hazards associated with being human.

Cancer is a growing concern for many, as numbers rise each year.

Oral cancer specifically targets 450,000 new people a year, according to the WHO (World Health Organization).

It is more important than ever to get regular checkups with your dentist so they can assess if you are at risk or present any symptoms.

Symptoms

You should take initiative in seeing your dentist or health care professional if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Long lasting red or white legions
  • Lumps/ thickness
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or general movement issues
  • Ear pain

Some symptoms may overlap with other oral diseases, but an assessment is needed nonetheless. All of these conditions are abnormal and could represent the early stages of oral cancer or other serious illnesses.

Risks

Many factors can contribute to the development of cancerous cells, and in that same breath, cancer can also happen to anyone at random. The best course of action is to see your dentist every six months so they can catch any abnormalities early. Be extra diligent if you’re;

  • a male (twice as likely to develop this type of cancer)
  • a smoker
  • over the age of 55
  • a heavy drinker
  • not eating a balanced diet

These are a few variables that may result in higher risks of abnormal cell growth, which leads to cancer. If you fall into any of these demographics or experience any of the associated symptoms, please reach out to us immediately.

Your needs will be prioritized and you will get a full oral assessment to ensure nothing develops to severity. Oral cancers are very serious and we want nothing more than your holistic health and safety.

Get in touch with Dr. Andrea Stevens and catch anything problematic in time to stay safe! Contact our offices at 613-271-7091 or  book online.

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