Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Your Guide to Early Detection

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and as your trusted dental provider, Dental at Joondalup is committed to educating you about this serious disease. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the mouth and throat, and it can have devastating consequences if not detected and treated early. In fact, there are approximately 2500 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer diagnosed in Australia each year.

To help you better understand oral cancer and its risks, we’ve outlined key information below:

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a malignant condition that develops in the tissues of the mouth or throat. It can manifest in any part of the oral cavity, including the lips, gums, tongue, inner cheeks, roof or floor of the mouth, or throat. Early detection is crucial as oral cancer can metastasise rapidly to other parts of the body if left undiagnosed.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer may present with various signs and symptoms. These can include:

  • A persistent sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal
  • Red or white patches on the oral mucosa
  • Difficulty swallowing or pain with swallowing
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek or neck
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Numbness or altered sensation in the mouth

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Several factors can increase an individual’s risk of developing oral cancer. These include:

  • Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco products
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • A weakened immune system due to illness or medication
  • A family history of oral cancer

Prevention and Early Detection

There are several evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Cessation of tobacco use and reduction of alcohol intake
  • Regular dental check-ups and oral cancer screenings
  • A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing

At Dental at Joondalup, our dentists are extensively trained in oral cancer detection. We utilise advanced lighting and examination techniques to thoroughly screen each patient for early signs of oral cancer during routine dental visits. Our clinic is conveniently located in Joondalup, with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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