Mouth Cancer

Caring for our health is the most common advice that we get from other people. Sometimes it’s almost deafening to hear it over and over again. By smoking, we simply kiss goodbye to that and we unwittingly start putting an end to our good health. Our mouth is a part of our body that’s extremely useful. We use it to eat, to communicate with other people especially our loved ones. We use our mouths to express our opinions and our feelings, not to mention smoking. Yet, what would you do if you found out you have mouth cancer and what caused it is your love of smoking?

The day that you find out that you have oral cancer may feel like the whole world just dropped in your face. Every year there are 30,000 new cases of mouth cancer and a total of 8,000 people die from it; this is according to American Cancer Society or ACS. Mouth Cancer, or also known as oral cancer, affect numerous parts of the mouth. Examples of these are cancers of the lip, tongue, salivary glands, floor of the mouth, mesopharynx, and hypopharynx.

The people who are commonly affected by this disease are men; studies show that 90% of men get mouth cancer and only 60% of women. Still, that fact doesn’t mean that women are still exempted. A cigarette stick contains many cancer-causing agents often known as carcinogens. A smoker’s chance of acquiring oral cancer increases and that also depends on how often he smokes in a day and how long he has already been smoking.

Oral cancer has symptoms that are fairly noticeable, you might not realize it right away but it starts when you find yourself doing or experiencing these things:

  • Swelling or thickening of the cheeks due to tissue growth.
  • A persistent sore throat and stubborn lumps in the mouth.
  • Constant pain, bleeding and numbness in the mouth.
  • Pain in and around the teeth and loosening of teeth. 
  • Problems with jaw movement due swelling and pain.
  • A lump in the neck and bad breath.
  • Dark, white or red patches that are out of the ordinary.
  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the tongue.

 

If you find anything that’s similar to what you are going through, you need to have your mouth checked as soon as possible to prevent it from exacerbating and leading to something worse. So, when somebody tells you to take care of your health that includes your mouth. Prevent oral cancer and quit smoking.