African American Men and Oral Cancer

African American Men and Oral Cancer

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>>ANNCR: Are you at risk for oral cancer? What African American men need to know. Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.>>MAN 1: Are African American men at risk for oral cancer?>>ANNCR: Yes, African American men are one of the groups at highest risk for oral cancer—but many don’t know it. FACT It’s not just smokeless tobacco (“dip” and “chew”). Using tobacco of any kind, including cigarettes, puts you at risk for oral cancer.>>ANNCR: Most cases of oral cancer are linked to: cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. In fact, using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone. FACT Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) may also play a part in oral cancer. FACT The risk of oral cancer increases with age. Most oral cancers occur after age 40.>>MAN 2: What are the symptoms of oral cancer? Possible signs & symptoms of oral cancer include: A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat A white or red patch in your mouth A feeling that something is caught in your throat Difficulty chewing or swallowing Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable Pain in one ear without hearing loss Be on the lookout for any changes in your mouth, especially if you smoke or drink.>>MAN 3: What should you do if you have symptoms?>>ANNCR: See a doctor or dentist if any symptoms last more than two weeks. Most often, symptoms (like those mentioned earlier) do not mean cancer. But it’s important to get them checked out. Because if you do have cancer, it can be treated more successfully if it’s caught early. FACT “Oral cancer” includes cancers of the mouth and the pharynx (FAIR-inks), part of the throat.>>ANNCR: An oral cancer examination can detect early signs of cancer. The exam is painless—and takes only a few minutes. During the exam, your doctor or dentist will check your face, neck, lips, entire mouth, and the back of your throat for possible signs of cancer.>>MAN 4: Ask for an oral cancer exam. It’s quick, painless, and it could save your life.>>ANNCR: For more information about oral cancer, contact the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This video was produced by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, components of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,Maryland.>>www.nidcr.nih.gov – Click on “Oral Health”- 1-866-232-4528

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