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Oral Cancer Cause

 

Oral Cancer Cause is an interesting nonprofit which may be helpful to those in need.

The video below demonstrates an actual oral cancer screening and helps you understand what to expect.

oralcancercause.org

 
The Mission of Oral Cancer Cause, Inc is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.

“Right to Try” What is it?

“I’m the ideal person to support “Right to Try”.  But I can’t- its a disaster in the making.”

Michael D. Becker, Oral Cancer Patient

My Cancer Journey by Michael Becker

Michael Becker is one person who is battling Oral Cancer everyday.  He has a site at mdbcancerjourney.com where he shares information and an ongoing blog about his journey.  I have found that reading through his blog and watching his videos has really put a face on the disease.   Share any of this information from our site NMOMS.com or Michael’s site mdbcancerjourney.com with friends and family.  You could save a life.

A Walk with Purpose by Michael Becker

Michael Becker’s Oral Cancer Journey and his drive to wipe out HPV.

Be Aware of Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Be aware and informed

We care about you 😀 

The most common symptoms of Oral Cancer include:

  • Swelling/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth.
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled ( white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck,or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist if you have any persistent signs and symptoms that bother you and last more than two weeks.  Your doctor will likely investigate other more common causes for your signs and symptoms first, such as an infection.

Updates on E-Cigarettes

 

There has been a lot of news recently about E-Cigarettes.  Dentistry in the News has recently reported that

“E-Cigarettes can Leak Toxic Metals Into Vapers’ Lungs” (USAToday 2/23 ) .  Fox News reported the research team “tested liquids in the refilling dispensers from 56 Baltimore area vapers and found potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead. They also reported that the FDA, “has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, but has not issued any rulings on the matter so far.” 

Medical Daily (3/14, Bharanidharan) states that when “e-cigarettes first emerged in 2004, they quickly became a popular, healthier alternative for those who wanted the feeling of smoking tobacco.”   However a growing number of studies are suggesting e-cigarettes are associated with negative health consequences.  Dr. Irfan Rahman, professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester has studied how e-cigarettes may affect oral health.  “We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn aggravate stress within cells resulting in damage that could lead to various oral diseases. ”   The artificial flavors can have a toxic effect on white blood cells.  The worst impact comes from cinnamon, vanilla and buttery e-juices.

The FDA is considering restrictions on tobacco flavors.  Commissioner Scott Gottieb MD said in a statement, “We need to take every effort to prevent kids from getting hooked on nicotine.”  Some flavors can be more harmful than others.  The FDA has proposed rule making that would bring down the levels of nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive levels” 

Researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that “vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes.  The authors of this study, suggest that “fruity flavors” have created a draw for younger users, and recommend that “should be the focus of restriction efforts by the “FDA.  The Sun (UK) 3/14 reports that cigarette smoking “can trigger a host of dental problems, “such as tooth staining, periodontal disease, oral cancer, bad breath and leukoplakia.

This information is shared with you to increase awareness. 

We care about You and your Oral Health.