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Can You Have Oral Cancer Before Showing Symptoms?
Posted on 12/25/2019 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The short answer to the question is Yes! One of the reasons why oral cancer has a poor survival rate compared to other cancers is that it is often detected late. Therefore, it is necessary to stay alert and undergo regular screenings so that this malignancy can be detected as early as possible.
Why is Early Detection of Oral Cancer Important?
Early detection of oral cancer is important because it gives the subject the best chance at recovery. Radiation and chemotherapy can be used effectively in combination during the early stages. Once the growth spreads, isolating the cancer and targeting it becomes difficult. The 5-year survival rate for oral cancer, if it has not spread to nearby tissue, can be above 90%. It comes down to 63% if the surrounding tissue has become affected by the malignancy.
Since, oral cancer is present before manifesting itself through symptoms, it is vital that you undergo periodic screenings to detect any possible changes in the mouth in terms of patches, sores, lumps, difficulty in swallowing, or lesions that won't go away. Visit a doctor at the first hint of any such symptom. A biopsy can easily confirm the condition.
Preventative Measures Against Oral Cancer
Prevention is the best option to keep oral cancer at bay. You know that tobacco and alcohol are major risk factors. Avoid tobacco and consume alcohol in moderation. But these two are not the only risk factors. Get vaccinated for HPV. The human papilloma virus is increasingly becoming a trigger for oral cancer. Prolonged exposure to the sun exposes the lips to ultraviolet light. Shield your lips from the sun.
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