April is Oral cancer awareness Month
During the month of April Dr. Brad Sammons, your Indianapolis Dentist would like to spend the word about Oral Cancer. Did you know that close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year? This will cause 9,575 deaths, killing 24 people a day which equals 1 person an hour. This is very sad to Dr. Sammons and his team at The Center for Advanced Dentistry. That’s why we are here to help educate our patients.
Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks (called the buccal mucosa), the teeth, the gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, or hard palate. The oral cavity and oropharynx are key to the healthy functioning of the body. They help us breathe, eat and speak. Salivary glands in the oral cavity start breaking down food as we chew, an essential part of digestion.
Oral cancer has commonly been related to tobacco of any kind, such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipes and snuff. Oral cancer has also been caused by heavy alcohol use, excessive exposure to the sun and sexually transmitted virus (HBV).
What are common oral cancer symptoms?
- Persistent mouth sore: A sore in the mouth that does not heal
- A white or red patch of gum tissue, tongue, tonsil or back of throat
- Lump in throat or neck
- Difficulty swallowing or having difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
If you notice any of these symptoms or signs are present of more than a few days or weeks. Please call your Dentist, Dr. Brad Sammons for an oral cancer screening. (317)859-6768