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Early diagnosis of oral cancer in dental office

The pathology causes many deaths per year.

Early diagnosis of oral cancer in dental office

Early diagnosis of oral


Oral cancer disease with a high mortality rate and a high incidence among the population.
Oral cancer is a malignant tumor located in the mouth that affects any of its tissues (tongue, gums, cheeks, and lips). You may have different symptoms: a white/red spot or lump in the oral cavity; a sore that does not heal in two weeks or bleeds easily; difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue and jaw; or numbness of the mouth or tongue.

Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early, so it is necessary to go periodically to the dentist, who will detect any possible injury.

If you have any of these signs, you should go to the dentist, as early diagnosis is key to the prognosis of the disease, as it will favor its cure, minimizing the risk of mortality. But unfortunately, only 25-30% of cases are detected at an early stage.

Risk Factors

A person's lifestyle is closely related to developing this type of cancer. Thus, multiple factors favor oral cancer, such as alcohol and tobacco consumption (90% of oral cancer cases are related to this habit), poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, human papillomavirus, infections, poorly fitted prostheses that cause wounds, ultraviolet radiation or certain chemicals.
One of the most effective measures to prevent oral cancer for a healthy lifestyle is to have two annual dental check-ups and a self-examination every 6 months from age 40 to detect possible lesions that could lead to this severe pathology.

We must make the population aware of the importance of going to the dental office periodically to prevent oral diseases. 

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