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As you know, the thought of dealing with cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, as you probably know, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to beat the disease when it’s caught early. This is also true when it comes to oral cancer. Fortunately, if you are careful and observant, there are a few things you can do to identify cancer—and a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do. Conversely, habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking increase an individual’s chances of having cancer. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and your diet can affect your odds of dealing with this disease.

However, there are a few signs you can watch for. For instance, if you have a sore throat that doesn’t fade after a few days, notice discoloration in your mouth, experience numbness of your mouth or lips, feel a lump form, or notice a shift in the way your teeth fit together, you could have oral cancer. However, if you notice these symptoms, please don’t panic. These symptoms can also be caused by other issues.

Sill, please don’t misunderstand: if you do have these symptoms please contact our team. We will help you determine if anything is amiss, and will help you decide what your next step should be. If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to call Fountains Family Dental Center at 480-359-1483. Dr. Thomas Burke, DMD and Cameron Blyth, DMD will be to do an examination to help you with these symptoms.