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Early detection of oral cancer increases survival

 Early diagnosis guarantees a survival rate of up to 90%.

Early detection of oral cancer increases survival

Last February 4 was World Cancer Day, and for this reason, we remember that cancer is one of the main causes of mortality in the world. In the case of oral cancer, early diagnosis is key to a better prognosis of the disease.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that around 19.3 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 2020 and predicts that the number of new cases worldwide will increase over the next two decades to 30.2 million per year. 
As for oral cancer, the main causes of death are from a malignant tumor of the lip, oral cavity, and pharynx.
Oral cancer is a disease with high mortality and ranks among the 10 most frequent cancers, depending on the country and region of the world.

It is estimated that each year there are between 300,000 and 700,000 new cases of oral cancer in the world. Early detection increases survival by up to 90%.
This type of cancer can go undetected during its early stages, so it is often advanced when it is diagnosed. By knowing the main signs and going to the dentist immediately, survival rates due to early detection can improve considerably.

Risk Factors

Tobacco and alcohol are the main risk factors for several cancers, including oral cancer. Likewise, a healthy diet, with abundant consumption of fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and moderate consumption of red meat, will help in prevention. Infection by some types of viruses, poor diet, or ill-fitting dentures is some risk factors that can lead to oral cancer.
It is recommended, in addition to visits to the dentist, to periodically perform self-examinations, examining the lips, palate, inside of the cheeks, tongue, and gums, paying attention to symptoms such as spots or lumps in the oral cavity, sores that do not heal after 2 weeks of evaluation, discomfort in the tongue or jaw when chewing or swallowing, or numbness of the tongue or mouth, as they may be the beginning of this disease.