There are some symptoms of this cancer. The first one is that your tongue is persistent. The next one is that there is a lump or thickening inside your mouth. Another one is that there will be a white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth. A sore throat or a feeling like something is caught in your throat that does not go away is the next symptom. You will also feel a difficulty in swallowing or chewing foods. Difficulty in moving your jaw or tongue can be the next one that you feel.
Sometimes, people with this disease feel unexplained bleeding in their mouths. They also get unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck. For some people, they also can get their weight dramatically lost or ear pain. You better check it with your dentist once you notice any of these changes.
The Causes of Tongue Cancer
You may be very curious about what causes tongue cancer. The first one is smoking. Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely to get this disease than nonsmokers. The next one is because of excessive alcohol consumption. Most of the people with this disease are drinkers.
People can also get this disease because of excessive sun exposure. Therefore, you should be very careful, especially at a young age. The family history of cancer can also be one of the reasons. After knowing the causes, you better avoid doing those things before something bad happen to your health and body.
How to Treat and Prevent Tongue Cancer
Some advanced treatments are provided for people who get tongue cancer. The first common treatment is surgery. Surgery is usually done to remove the entire tumor from the tongue. The next treatment is radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is the next thing doctors usually advise you to do. The last one is to do targeted drug therapy.
Because this cancer is so dangerous, you better know how to prevent it. As you can guess, you better not smoke or use any tobacco products and also drink alcohol. Eating well-balanced diet is also very good for your health. If it is possible, you better limit your exposure to the sun.
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