Oral cancer arises from different parts of the oral cavity. It is the sixth most common cancer reported globally. In India, it ranks in the top three of all cancers and accounts for 30% of all cancers reported.
Where does it Occur?
It occurs on the lips, inside the mouth, on the back of the throat, tonsils/salivary glands.
If not detected at an early stage, it can requires surgery, radiation therapy/chemotherapy Detection at an early stage is a key to successful treatment.
- Sore on the lips/gums or inside the mouth.
- Lump or thickening in the cheek
- Loss of feeling or numbness
- Difficulty in swallowing food
- Change in voice
- Swelling of jaw causing dentures to fit poorly
How to prevent it?
Use of tobacco accounts for 80-90% of oral cancers. And avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco are preventive measures.