The very word "cancer" is frightening and causes many to wish to close their eyes for fear of what they might see. But, the truth is, that cancer is at its most dangerous when left undetected. There are cancers that can affect nearly every part of the body, and many of them are tested for regularly or have signs that are virtually unmistakable. Oral cancer, however, often goes unnoticed for long periods of time since its symptoms are less obvious.
Over 20 million people have died of smoking since 1964, when the first U.S. Surgeon General report on the detrimental effects of smoking on overall health was issued. And most today understand the risks of lung cancer and of early death that smoking tobacco products entails. Yet, many are still unaware of the effects smoking can have on your oral health. But the consequences of poor oral health due to smoking aren’t just cosmetic as some can be quite severe.
The body is a strange thing. Sometimes bodily changes and symptoms mean nothing, and other times they can be a sign of diseases and medical issues. Oral cancer is one example of a disease with symptoms that could be attributed to other, less serious things and therefore might be ignored by some. Don’t be caught off guard by this cancer. During Oral Cancer Awareness month this April, take the time to understand just what this disease looks like.
If you are experiencing any of these oral cancer symptoms in Ormond Beach, FL, you may want to talk to the professionals at Raymond A. Kenzik’s office.