Cancer is abnormal cell growth that is unregulated by the body. It can appear in any part of your body, an increasingly common area for it to appear is in the mouth. Oral cancer, as with any cancer, is life threatening and needs to be caught as early as possible. There are some preventative measures that you can take and some early warning signs that you should be aware of.
In the last decade an increasing number of cases of oral cancer have been recorded. This has been linked to the spread of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This sexually transmitted infection can cause oral cancer when it is contracted by the patient during unprotected oral sex. Using protection during any type of sex will hugely reduce the possibility of infection. The other major cause of oral cancer is smoking. In all types of tobacco products there are a huge number of carcinogenic, whether in the tobacco itself or the chemicals used to treat the plant. Quitting smoking will give you a much better shot at avoiding cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs and other areas of the body. The third most common contributor to the development of oral cancer is alcohol, cutting back to moderate consumption will stop the negative effects it can have. Although anyone might develop oral cancer, keeping these factors in mind will give you the best chance possible.
When you visit your West London dentist for an appointment they do an inspection and keeping an eye out for any signs of oral cancer. If they are concerned for any reason you will be given a referral to a specialist.