Why is it important to prevent and diagnose early oral cancer?

Written by: Dra. Alessandra Ortiz Alves
Edited by: Top Doctors®

More and more cases of people diagnosed with oral cancer, which, in fact, is the most common among cancers of the head and neck are given. Furthermore, although it is more common in men, especially older than 50 years, there has been an increased incidence in women and in people younger than that age: today, more than one in 10 patients diagnosed with oral cancer are less 50.

How to prevent oral cancer

Fortunately, there are several steps to prevent the development of oral cancer and general health benefit, among which are:

  • Avoid using snuff
  • Reduce alcohol consumption (no more than three units a day)
  • Eat at least five servings of fruit and / or vegetables a day
  • Protect lips from the sun with sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and avoid the sun when UV rays are strongest
  • Maintain good hygiene and oral health
  • Avoid chances of infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV) practicing safe sex


Symptoms of oral cancer

Unfortunately, oral cancer often has no symptoms in its early stages, which would allow early diagnosis. That is why we must bear in mind that any red or white area, ulcer or lump in the mouth can be a sign of oral cancer, especially if it lasts more than three weeks.


Diagnosis of oral cancer

It is important to emphasize the importance of detecting oral cancer early, since it has been shown that 90% of people who are diagnosed with oral cancer survive time.

Still, it should be noted that still 6 out of 10 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed at too late a stage, so that survival is reduced and also produces serious consequences because of aggressive treatment to be carried out.

That is why anyone who notice any of these symptoms should quickly go to the dentist , doctor or other qualified professional to diagnose and take the necessary measures in each case health.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Alessandra Ortiz Alves

Dr. Ortiz Alves is a renowned expert in dentistry city of Malaga. She has a degree and a doctorate in dentistry from the University of Seville. It also has a Master of Oral Medicine and a University Diploma in tissue regeneration techniques for Sevilla.También University has several courses and diplomas in various dental specialties: oral medicine, periodontal surgery and soft tissue management, dental prosthetic rehabilitation, implantoprótesis and dysfunctional pathology of the oral cavity, among others. Currently holds Dental Clinic Cuevas Queipo. Moreover, he has been associate professor of the course, diploma and Master of Oral Medicine at the University of Seville. It has more than 47 scientific papers and two 2 awards at national and international conferences related to the disciplines of Periodontology, Oral Medicine, prostheses and implants.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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