In today’s video we’re gonna tell you what the symptoms of oral cancer are, and ways to minimize your chances of getting cancer in the first place. Will my diet …
Cancer is a scary word, but it’s important
to check in with your body every now and again,
and know the symptoms, especially if you think
you’re seeing some warning signs.
It’s estimated that over 53 thousand people
will be diagnosed with some type of oral cancer
this year, and that over 10 thousand will
die from it.
And, unfortunately, men are twice as likely
to get oral cancer than women.
Early detection is key when battling cancer.
But you can help protect yourself by knowing
the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, and
knowing the ways to minimize your risk.
Oral cancer accounts for about 3 percent of
all cancer diagnosed each year.
While that number may seem small, it’s still
important to know what to watch out for.
Especially if you’re male.
In today’s video we’re gonna tell you
what the symptoms of oral cancer are, and
ways to minimize your chances of getting cancer
in the first place.
Will my diet make a difference?
Is difficulty chewing a symptom?
Does sun exposure have anything to do with
it?
We’re talking all this and more, so keep
watching until the very end.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Like all cancer the symptoms can vary from
person to person, but if you’re experiencing
more than one thing on this list, it’s probably
a good idea to get it checked out.
Remember early detection and diagnosis is
key.
The most common places for mouth cancer to
occur is the tongue, the tonsils and oropharynx
or the gums, floor of the mouth, or other
general areas inside the mouth.
Other likely areas are the lips, minor salivary
glands and other places.
#1 Mouth Sores
This is one of the most common signs of mouth
cancer.
Do you have a sore in your mouth that just
won’t go away no matter what you do?
This can also include a sore on your lip that
won’t go away either.
If yes, then it might be time to follow up
with this symptom.
Another common sight is a white or red patches
on the tonsils, roof of the mouth, gums, lining
of the mouth, or frequent mouth bleeding.
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#2 Pain
If you have consistent pain in your mouth,
or throat that could be cause for alarm.
This can also mean those mouth sores we mentioned
earlier.
Just a sore throat alone can be many different
things, like the common cold or a throat infection,
so you don’t need to assume it’s cancer
right away.
But if it’s coupled with a few other things
we’re listing, go get checked by your doctor.
#3 A Growth in the Mouth
A growth in your mouth means something like
a bump or a raised area that wasn’t there
before.
This can be anywhere inside your mouth.
You could also feel a lump in your throat
that won’t go away.
This could possibly indicate a tumor.
Like a lot of cancers, a tumor is a common
symptom and mouth cancer is no different.
#4 Problems with your Teeth
We’re not talking about cavities here.
We’re talking about your teeth feeling loose
without any apparent cause as to why.
This can also go for those wearing dentures.
They can be difficult to wear or they may
feel more uncomfortable than usual if mouth
cancer is an issue.
#5 Pain In Your Ears
You could also experience an earache as your
ears are connected to your nasal passages
and throat.
If something is going on there, the ears could
be giving you a warning sign.
Even if you experience pain, you should not
lose any ability to hear out of the sore ear.
Sometimes the human body is a little strange
and will give you an indication that something
is wrong, in a completely different part of
your body than the one that’s affected.
#6 Abnormal Mouth Functionality
This could include difficulty when it comes
to moving your jaw or your tongue around.
You may have limited motion or experience
pain when you do try and move.
This can also mean that you have difficulty
chewing and swallowing.
Difficulties and painful swallowing is common
in those with head and neck cancers.
A sudden change in your voice could also be
cause for alarm.
Our voices get deeper the older we get, but
if you’ve noticed something strange happening
with your vocal chords it could be a symptom
of mouth cancer.
Again, many of these symptoms are linked to
other issues like allergies, the common cold
or they could be an indicator of something
else entirely.
Only if you have more than one of the symptoms
we just listed, should you be concerned about
mouth cancer.
Causes and Ways to Reduce your Risk of Cancer
We just want to preface this by saying that
just because you’ve lived your healthiest
life does not mean you’re immune to getting
cancer.
Cancer can happen to anyone but here are a
few things that are known to up the risk of
getting cancer, and some things you can do
to reduce that risk.
#1 Don’t Smoke
Smoking hosts a whole litany of issues from
trouble with fertility, to premature aging
of the skin, to cancer.
It’s especially common to see mouth cancer
develop in those who smoke.
Doesn’t matter if you chew tobacco either,
any way you consume it ups your risk of oral
cancer.
It’s also important to be aware of second
hand smoke as that can also do harm and up
the risk.
Not to mention going smoke free will benefit
your health in so many ways.
#2 Cut back on the Booze
Sometimes there’s nothing better than cracking
a cold one on a hot day.
But if you partake in alcohol you need to
rethink your drinking habits.
It’s pretty simple, the more you drink,
the higher your risk of cancer.
Alcohol has been linked to mouth, throat,
voice box (larynx), esophagus, liver, colon
and rectum, and breast cancer.
Drinking and smoking together raises the risk
of these cancers even more.
#3 HPV, Human Papillomavirus
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that
has been strongly linked to the development
of oral cancers.
It’s generally discovered in the throat,
on the tonsils, or at the base of the tongue.
If you haven’t already, talk to your doctor
about getting vaccinated, as it can reduce
the risk of oral and cervical cancers.
#4 Maintaining a Healthy Weight
This one is up there with not smoking!
Having a healthy body weight is one of the
best things you can do to lower your risk
of cancer.
Another aspect of staying healthy is not sitting
around too much and being physically active
every day.
If you have to sit a lot for work, make sure
you get up and move around often, to give
your body a break.
#5 A Healthy Diet
There’s probably not one health list out
there that doesn’t have this point on it.
Eating healthy is the best way to keep your
mind and body healthy.
We’re taking lots of fruits, vegetables
and whole foods, and minimal packaged or processed
foods.
Speaking of a healthy diet, here’s a video
that will help you choose a healthy diet that’s
perfect for you!
Watch 17 Superfoods You Should Make A Part
Of Your Daily Diet.
Now back to our video on 6 Early Signs of
Mouth Cancer
#6 Limited Sun Exposure
Ok, the sun can be wonderful, it's true, and
you can still enjoy it safely!
The sun’s UV rays can up your risk of cancer,
but if you actively wear sunscreen and avoid
tanning beds then you should be good to go.
The main type of cancer the sun is responsible
for is melanoma which is a form of skin cancer,
but this can also affect your lips.
So don’t forget to make sure your lip balm
has SPF protection when you’re enjoying
the nice summer days.
#7 Good Oral Hygiene
Ok, you knew this one was coming!
We are talking about the mouth afterall.
Taking care of your mouth and gums can keep
you healthy and should be part of your daily
routine.
We’re talking floss, mouthwash, washing
your retainer, the whole shebang!
Seeing your dentist at least twice a year
can help with things like early detection
if an issue does arise.
Things that You Can’t Control
Like we mentioned earlier you can’t fully
protect yourself from the possibility of cancer.
All you can do is actively lower your risk
by implementing the tips we just listed for
you and living a healthy lifestyle.
Things like your age, unfortunately oral cancer
risk does go up the older we get, with the
average age of diagnosis being 62.
Your sex is another one.
Males are twice as likely to get oral cancer
over women, although medical professionals
are still unsure as to why.
Other factors include your family history,
ethnicity and of course your genetics.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
Do you lead a healthy lifestyle?
Let us know in the comments below, we’d
love to hear from you!

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