A whitish or red patch of tissue instead of the normal pink flesh in the oral cavity may be a sign of a potential cancerous condition.. If it is left untreated, the dis coloured patch may grow and become painful. Oral cancer refers to all the cancers of the lips, oral cavity, tongue, mouth, or pharynx (upper part of the throat), cheeks and gums. Oral cancer might spread through to the head and neck, however it seldom spreads further than this. Oral cancer is often caused from other oral conditions, but it is most treatable if it is detected early. Fortunately changes in the oral area are often able to be felt. Symptoms of oral cancer may include:
Discomfort while eating, swallowing or drinking
A swollen lymph node in the neck
A persistent painful lump inside the mouth area
Swelling, bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth area
Loose teeth, or toothache or earache that does not respond to conventional treatment.
Symptoms associated with advanced oral cancer include:
Ear pain or pain in the roof of the mouth
Spasms in the facial or neck muscles
Persistent bad breath
Men who consume 20 - 30 cigarettes a day and 15 - 20 units of alcohol a week increase their risk of developing mouth cancer by 7 times, it is 4 times this for women. Malnutrition, high exposure to sunlight, vitamin A deficiency and genetics are also factors. Iron deficiency in women has been linked to tongue cancer. The disease usually affects tissue that is already broken or is irritated by ill-fitting dentures, jagged teeth or habitual chewing on the inside of the cheek. It is therefore very important that you go to the dentist for regular routine examinations.
Nutrition And Diet
Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is helpful as they are healthy sources of arytenoids. High doses of vitamin A may protect against oral cancer, however you should consult your doctor for the correct dose for yourself as this vitamin is toxic in high doses.
During your treatments, you may have difficulty and experience some pain opening your mouth, brushing your teeth and keeping your mouth moist. So try and drink iced drinks and use a soft toothbrush, a very good mouthwash is cool chamomile tea or aloe juice. To restore natural saliva rinse your mouth with an acidophilus solution that is available at most health food stores.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, wear properly fitting dentures and do not smoke and drink alcohol only moderately.
When to seek further professional advice
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms in the above mentioned list.
There are no real alternatives to conventional medicine for cancer. Alternative treatments can however complement, but not replace standard
Small oral cancers respond equally well to either radiation therapy or surgery; advanced cancers are treated with both and occasionally with chemotherapy to ease the symptoms. For recurrent cancer radiation therapy is the primary treatment.
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