Do you know anyone with an ulcer in the tongue which refuses to go?
Or have you heard of lumps in the mouth that just do not resolve on their own?
Any such white or red patches, ulcers and lumps anywhere in and around your face and neck that persists for more than two weeks must be reported to your doctor and be investigated for pre cancer or cancerous changes.
Cancer is devastating for the patient and for the patient’s family. The more we are aware about it, the better will we be able to protect our loved ones.
The incidence of oral cancers is on the rise and very frequently reported. Early detection and treatment remarkably increases survival rates and therefore, allows a better quality of life for the patient.
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Advanced oral cancer causes an incapacitating and disfiguring impairment with functional, cosmetic, and psychological insults.
The good news is that unlike other parts of the body, the oral cavity is easily accessible and awareness can help prevent this ghastly disease.
By Dr. Anveeta Agarwal