The cancer can sometimes be spotted early during a routine exam by a doctor, dentist, or dental hygienist, and some dentists and doctors suggest you look at your mouth in a mirror at least once a month to check for symptoms.
The most common symptoms are a mouth sore that fails to heal, or a pain in the mouth that doesn't go away.
The biggest risks for developing oral/pharyngeal cancer are tobacco and alcohol use. Most people who have it are tobacco users.
what can you do to prevent mouth cancer?
- Making healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent cancer, or keep it from developing in the first place. This includes things like eating healthy, getting exercise, and quitting smoking.
- Screening tests can help doctors to find cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
who is most likely to get mouth cancer?
what increases the risk of mouth cancer?
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Excessive sun exposure to your lips
- A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
What fundraisers are there to promote awareness of the cancer?
Cancer Fundraising with GiveForward
american cancer society, do walks, parades, marathons