If you or a loved one needs another reason to quit smoking, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and there is a bounty of information on how this particular form of cancer is entirely preventable. Statistically, oral and pharyngeal cancer – the cancers that affect the mouth and upper part of your throat – cause […]
If you or a loved one needs another reason to quit smoking, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
, and there is a bounty of information on how this particular form of cancer is entirely preventable. Statistically, oral and pharyngeal
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cancer – the cancers that affect the mouth and upper part of your throat – cause the death of almost one person per hour per day, 365 days a year. Those with new diagnoses of oral cancer have a 40% chance of dying within five years, and the survivors will most likely suffer from tissue removal causing facial disfigurement, as well as impairments to their speech and eating ability.
Part of why these cancers are so destructive is that they are typically detected late in their development – by the time your dentist or doctor notices something is awry in your mouth, it’s already too late, in other words. But while these diseases are virulent and difficult to treat without exercising oral and pharyngeal tissue, they are also easily preventable. Simply put: stop using tobacco. Whether you smoke or dip, now’s the time to quit. All forms of tobacco usage are dangerous because tobacco products are full of carcinogens; the easiest way to keep those cancers from taking root is to keep those products out of your mouth.
We understand that quitting habits like smoking or dipping is an incredible challenge, especially for those who started them early in life. But if you eliminate them, your life will dramatically improve. Think about the benefits of breathing easier, having more energy, and renewing your sense of smell and taste. Imagine life without the constant scrim of cigarette smoke clinging to your clothes and hair – after all, nobody likes smelling like an ashtray or a smoky dive bar! Then, of course, there’s also the horrifying prospects of lying in a hospital bed waiting for an oral surgeon to cut out part of your tongue, palate or cheek, or having to use one of those vibrating things to speak because you had part of your upper throat removed. Whatever mental gymnastics work to get you to toss your pack of smokes out, we highly advise you to get to them. Your life will improve, not to mention your breath, the wind, and even the color of your teeth – it’s a lot easier to make your whites pearly when you aren’t covering them in yellow tobacco film.