April is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that frequent trips to your dentist can help detect oral cancer? Each time you get a dental exam, your mouth is scanned for signs of oral cancer by two sets of eyes, the hygienist and the dentist. We suggest visiting your dentist for a dental check-up twice a year. Queen City Elder Care breaks down some signs of oral cancer to keep an eye out for.
- Sores in your mouth that do not heal within 14 days can be cause for concern
- Areas of the mouth that bleed when they are touched should be checked out
- Any lumps inside or outside the mouth or throat need to be examined
- Persistent sore throat that lasts for a few weeks is a signal something else is going on
- Persistent cough that also does not resolve on its own
- Difficulty swallowing or swollen tonsils should be monitored
Smokers and heavy drinks over the age of 50 are most at risk for oral cancer. HPV is also a common cause of these types of cancers. The death rate for these types of cancers tends to be high since they are usually discovered in the later stages. Early detection is key. You can help spread awareness for Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness by sharing these facts on social media.
Queen City Elder Care provides in home care to those that need an extra helping hand in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer and needs special help at home, give us a call.