Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer

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We talked about oral cancer being the
most common form of head and neck cancer so dr. Rabinowits we actually have a bio
digital reference and I’m wondering if you can kind of help us kind of see
what’s going on when we talk about oral cancer and how it’s affecting the body
or affecting the mouth I guess when we talk about oral cavity
we’re really talking about cancers that go from the lip to the
back of the throat to the area of the first third of the tongue
area the back of the tongue is really what we call the base of the tongue and
what the areas of the tonsils so it’s what the area that we call oral pharynx
so if you look at here like so here where we start the lip areas and they
have the jawbone area the gums the first part of the tongue here
this is in the hard palate this is all the arrows day encompasses the the
oral cavity region okay you know you just mentioned the gums and I understand
that this is why it’s very important to have dental screenings as well because
I’m assuming dentists might be the first to notice something is wrong if we’re
talking about the mouth and in particular the gummy region
the screening that we currently have is really mostly
done by the dentists actually so seeing your dentist at least twice a year for
a dental cleaning and a full evaluation of the mouth area the teeth
make sure there’s no loose teeth or sores that are unhealing sores those are
all areas that look so those are all topics that need to be explored further
and so seeing the dentist on a regular basis is very important as part of the
screening program for cavity cancer absolutely and a lot of times people
sometimes can’t make it or can’t get those screenings so miami cancer
institute it’s actually going to be doing community outreach screenings out
in the community so check on the website and look out for that we will actually
be having those in house during the head/neck cancer awareness month as well
okay good to know there’s opportunities to get out there and get screened really
no excuse

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