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Signs of cancer that a dentist can spot. Signals that should not be ignored

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published Feb. 5, 2024 08:40

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The earlier detected, the better the chances of survival - with this statement any oncologist will agree. Cancer, however, does not always produce unambiguous symptoms or they are difficult for the average person to see. Sometimes, quite by chance, a specialist in another field will see something that raises his concern. Dr. Agnieszka Laskus, a specialist in periodontology and general dentistry, talks about such signals.

Oral cancers - do they always produce symptoms?

According to patient.gov.pl, a service of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Fund, head and neck cancers are diagnosed in about 11,000 people a year. Tumors in this group are most common in people over the age of 45. Men get the disease as much as five times more often than women. Experts are sounding the alarm - the number of patients is increasing every year. The State of Mouth Cancer UK 2022 report, published in 2022, states that "8,864 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021 alone. This is 36 percent more than 10 years ago. During the year, 3034 people died from this cancer. This represents a 40 percent increase in the number of deaths over the past decade and a 20 percent increase over the past five years."

In the first stage of the disease, the chances of a cure are as high as 95 percent, which is why ea...

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