Dentist in Dubai says that oral cancer is viewed as a disease that affects those over the age of 40. However, it can affect people of all ages, even non-tobacco and alcohol users. Oral cancer can occur on the tongue, lips, gums, roof or floor of the mouth and inside lining of the cheeks. The team at the Dental Clinic in Dubai identify some of the following facts and figures to demonstrate the importance of visiting a dentist for a regular check ups.
The American Cancer Society recommends that a person should have oral cancer screening examinations done every three years for people over the age of 20, and annually for those over age 40. This is largely due to the fact that oral cancer can be detected at the onset and early detection can improve the chance of successfully treating and eradicating oral cancer.
Some of the symptoms of oral cancer include, a sore in the throat that lasts longer than usual, a mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal, a red or white patch that persists in the mouth, a lump or thickening, ear pain, a neck mass, or coughing up blood. Other symptoms that occur later on in people with oral cancer include, difficulties in chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaws.
The primary risk factors for oral cancer for men and women are tobacco, this includes smokeless tobacco as well and alcohol use. The risk rises dramatically for people who both smoke and consume alcohol regularly.
Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers that are commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers, they comprise about 85% of that category.
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer among men. Oral cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, but recent studies show that there is an increasing number of young people who are developing the condition, due to substance abuse.
Statistics by the American Cancer Society show that the percentage of deaths due to oral cancer has decreased in the past decade, and decreased by 1.2% per year in men and by 2.2% per year in women.
About 75% to 80% of people with oral cavity and pharynx cancer consume alcohol and smoke. The risk of developing oral cavity and pharynx cancers increases both with the amount as well as the length of time tobacco and alcohol products are used.
People with oral cancer survive one year after diagnosis, therefore oral cancer has a high survival rate if it’s detected early and treated.
Cancer can affect any part of the oral cavity, including the lip, tongue, mouth, and throat. Through visual inspections and regular Dental Cleaning in Dubai and other oral care treatments, dentists are able to detect premalignant abnormalities and cancer at an early stage, when treatment is both less extensive and more successful. So if you really want to preserve your Hollywood Smile, make sure to have regular dental checkups and follow a good oral care routine.