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Cancer that develops in the mouth (oral cavity) and throat (oropharynx) are the deadliest diseases of the mouth.
The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that the “heightened death rate related to oral cancer is due to the fact the cancer is typically found in its later stages of development, most likely when the disease has already begun to spread to lymph nodes in the neck.”
Detecting and treating oral cancer as early as possible is critical, but myths about the disease can make early detection difficult. Regular dental checkups are a first line of defense against oral cancer. Also, educate yourself.
Here are five myths about oral cancer — and the facts to clear them up:
Myth #1: Spotting the signs of oral cancer is easy.
Myth #2: Only patients who are at a high risk get screened for oral cancer.
Myth #3: Young people don’t have to worry about oral cancer.
Myth #4: Only people who smoke or use tobacco can get oral cancer.
Myth #5: Prevention methods against oral cancer do not exist.
Learn more about cancer services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Head and neck cancers: detection and prevention
Smoking and drinking can lead to more than lung cancer
Why you shouldn’t skip that trip to the dentist
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