Oral Cancer or Mouth cancer has started to get the attention of the entire medical world of oncologists, doctors who are specialized in identifying and treating cancer of all types. A study made by the British Oral Health Foundation shows that every year 5000 new cases of oral cancer are being discovered in the UK and 2000 people are dying because they go to the doctor in a late stage.
Cancer can be seen as any other disease of our body, having the particularity of cellular modification which can turn into a ‘rolling stone’ and finally become a tumor. Few people know that cell modifications take place daily throughout our entire organism and as fast as they start multiplying our body has all the resources to fight back and reduce the abnormal multiplication with the help of other blood cells.
When this balance is disrupted by an entire series of negative factors which can be individual or even coexist, the multiplying cells will no longer be stopped and the targeted organ starts to develop a new structure. The same mechanism is applied to every organ which develops cancer and as we all know that the mouth is as an organ of the digestive system, it can also be affected by cancer.
The spiritual side of medicine or let’s say the traditional medicine which is not provided by doctors will confirm you that cancer is a form of manifestation which appears to people who were strongly emotionally affected or even found themselves in advanced stages of depression. So cancer is also a form of parasite which takes advantage of your weaken and vulnerable mental and sentimental being.
How Does Oral Cancer Look Like?
Oral Cancer has many forms of manifestation on which some can become really aggressive if they are not treated in the first stages.
The most common benign formations who are not dangerous and can easily be removed are the Oral Papilloma (made by Human Papilloma Virus ) and Oral Fibroma. They can appear everywhere on the tongue, gums or the oral mucosa and can have the dimensions of a pea grain which seems to grow underneath the tissue. The only difference between Papilloma and Fibroma is that Papilloma has a flatter aspect and the surface is always covered by small white splinters.
The dangerous component of the oral cancer is represented by malign tumors which are hard to treat if patients go to the doctor in the last stages. Every modification which has an intense red or white color or even a mixture between these two and persists for more than a week and a half being located on tongue, gums, palate or internal mucosa on the cheeks needs to be carefully investigated. Oral cancer can also be related to an entire series of general dysfunctions or diseases which affect the whole body such as malnutrition, major immune system disorders or even the HIV.
I personally advice anyone who sees a modification of the oral mucosa to go see a dentist straight away or even an oral cancer specialist who is also known as an oral pathologist in order to analyse the structure of the tissue and offer the patient a treatment.
How can you Prevent it? – Medical Tips
An old saying confirms that “ Prevention is Better than Treatment “ and this fits like a glove the subject of oral cancer.
Oral cancer can be prevented if patients follow a few easy steps and if they respect a few tips that doctors usually do not tell them:
Avoid alcohol especially spirits such as whiskey or vodka - diluting the strong alcoholic effect by using juice, water or ice it will reduce the negative effect of the alcohol on the oral mucosa.
Try to smoke less and even when you do try not to keep for too long the smoke in your mouth – this will also reduce the contact time between tobacco substances and oral tissue cells.
Keep a good oral hygiene: brush 2 times a day, use mouthwash to reduce the bacterial colonies and visit your dentist 2 times a year.
Reduce and eliminate irritating factors such as food that causes you mouth ulcer, old metal fillings or even old dental crowns that cause gum problems.
Due to stress problems, some people even notice a continuous white line on the inside cheek surface caused by teeth contacts during night – check it not to suffer any transformation
The majority of the oral cancers attacks the soft mucosa which covers the inner side of lips, cheeks and goes up to throat where throat cancers can be found – so try to keep under control anything that harms this type of tissue and of course any other part of your mouth tissue.
If you see a lesion that persists for more than two weeks or it keeps repeating regularly book an appointment to a dentist or find an oral pathologist.
What can you do?
Always check to see if anything awkward is happening and if you feel like something within your mouth does not look good just go for a routine check to your dentist
Try not to combine smoking with drinking because alcohol makes tobacco absorb faster into the oral tissue and increases 30 times the risk of cancer
Educate your diet by consuming daily vegetables and fruits which can bring vitamins and protective agents against a large variety of factors that can cause oral cancer.
Consume everything from red foods ( cranberries, goji, beetroot ), arugula, turnips, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, peppers or carrots which offer you a great supply of beta carotene which protects against cancer formation. Grains , beans and seeds : oats, wild rice, pees, coconut, sesame are also on the top list.
Rb chain of proteins and P53 are the most effective anticancer molecules which have the ability stop and also to reverse the cancer growth.
I would advise anyone to change their old metal fillings with composite ones. Metal fillings contain Mercury which it was used as a poison in the past and it is toxic for your entire body
What’s the treatment?
Depending on the stage and how advanced the lesion is, doctors may choose several treatment options which can vary from improved mouthwash formulas, advanced therapy or even surgical removal. Usually these procedures do not cause pain, the patient being always under local or total anesthesia and after the procedure patients may sometimes feel a bit of discomfort for a few days.
There are two major issues that concern oral cancer: The first one is related to the fact that many patients regret of not visiting a specialist in time and they have postponed until the last minute when there was not much to be done. The second one is common for every form of aggressive cancer that is applicable for every organ or tissue from our body: They DO NOT cause pain at first and his is why patients visit the doctor when they lose the battle with their own “ignorance”.