ORAL CANCER

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a disease people can get when their cells grow and divide out of control. This damages the part of the body where cancer is formed. Scientists believe cancer can be formed whenever something damages a part of DNA in a chromosome. This can cause mutations and then the cell cycle is disrupted. Over time the cancer cells form a tumor. Then cancerous cells can break off of the tumor and spread through out the rest of the body.
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Oral Cancer

How is oral cancer differnt form other cancers? Oral cancer is cancer that forms around the mouth or throat. It is one of the most wide-spread cancer in the world although it is fairly rare in the United States. It's also one of the most deadlious cancers. Oral cancer kills about half of its victims in 5 years which is a pretty high rate of death.



If You're at Risk and Preventions

Are you at risk for getting oral cancer? Well, usually people who are long-term users of tabacco products and alcohol get this kind of cancer. So if you smoke and drink your chances of getting oral cancer is much higher then someone who doesn't. To try and prevent from getting this type of cancer stop using tobacco products and drinking. Also you eating healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet can also help.



How to Find Oral Cancer

How could you find if you have oral cancer or not? One thing you should do is to see your dentist regulary. Asked to get swabbed with a BrustTest which will check for abnormal cells. You can also do a spit test. They scan the RNA in cells in your salivia. This test is 85% accurate and you get your results in about 24 hours.



Treatments

The treatment of oral cancer depends on several things, the size, location, type of tumor, and what stage in the disease you're in. You can choose to do surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Surgery is when a surgeon will remove the tumor, this is the usual choose for tumors in the mouth. Then there's radiation, which is the use of high-energy rays to damage cancer cells that stop them from growing. Some people with large tumors may need surgery and radiation. Lastly, chemotherapy is the use of drugs to get rid of the cancer.



Conclusion

Oral cancer can be a severe, but if you keep your body healthy, you shouldn't have a high risk of being diagnosed with it.


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