Posted in: Mouth / Oral Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Oral cancer is a Cancer that forms in tissues of the oral cavity (the mouth) or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). It belongs to a larger group of cancer such as head and neck cancers. Oral cancers are usually diagnosed after they spread to the lymph nodes of the neck. But early detection is the key to surviving oral cancer.
Here are some top reasons for mouth cancer listed by Cancer Healer Center. Read below!
- Excessive tobacco intake: Smoking cigars, cigarettes, pipes or smokeless/chewing tobacco is one of the most common risks of oral cancer.
- Consuming huge amounts of alcohol: People consuming large amounts of alcohol are usually diagnosed with oral cancer. And the ones, who use tobacco along with alcohol, the danger is much higher.
- Betel Quid and Areca Nut: Betel quid and areca nut contain cancer-causing substances. People who chew betel quid or areca nut have a higher risk of developing oral cancer, especially in the inner lining of the cheeks and lips.
- Exposure to the sun: Excessive sun exposure to the lips increases the risk of oral cancer. You can however reduce the danger by using a lip balm or a cream containing SPF.
- Human Papillomavirus: Cancers which are linked to the HPV are usually found at the back of the throat, in the tonsils or the base of the tongue. Though with proper oral cancer treatment the cases of oral cancer are dropping, cases due to HPV have been rising.
- Gender: Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to the higher rates of alcohol and tobacco used by men but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of cancer.
- Poor Diet: A poor diet lacking healthy minerals and vitamins can also increase the risk of mouth cancer. You should consume a diet full of healthy supplements and minerals. Substances like carotenoids, which are common in vegetables and fruit, are linked with a lower risk of oral cancer.
- Poor oral hygiene: People with poor oral health may have several missing teeth, bleeding gums or chronic infections from bacteria and viruses like HPV.The risk for kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancer is much higher for people who have poor oral health.