Oral Cancer Can Be Caught Before It Kills

Many don’t know they’re at risk, but having regular dental checkups is an important defense against oral cancer.

Oral cancer – cancer in the mouth, on the lips, or in the throat – is a complex disease, and many people don’t know they’re at risk for it, says Dr. Parish Sedghizadeh, a dentist at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

“Oral cancer isn’t one of the most common cancers for people to get, but it is one of the deadliest cancers in the U.S.,” he says.

It’s so hard to live through oral cancer because it is usually found very late, Dr. Sedghizadeh explains. Treatment is also very tough on patients because surgery for oral cancer can disfigure the face, tongue, and neck as well as cause problems with daily activities such as eating, drinking, and speaking.

Where the cancer is depends a lot on what risk factors a person has, he says. Most oral cancers in the U.S. are found on the sides of and underneath the tongue and are connected to smoking or drinking alcohol. Cancers on the lip are usually connected to either smoking or lots of sun exposure, such as working outside without sun protection for many years. Cancers on the inside of the cheek are often tied to chewing tobacco.

Another risk for oral cancer that has been found recently is human papilloma virus, or HPV. HPV is spread through sexual activity, and scientists have already connected the virus to cervical cancer in women. Oral cancers tied to this very common virus often show up in the tonsils or elsewhere in the throat.

“The majority of oral cancer risk is still in people who have smoked or drank heavily for years, but HPV might be why we’re now seeing it in other people, especially younger women,” Dr. Seghizadeh says.

Dentists and dental hygienists can work with their patients to be the first line of defense against oral cancer, says USC dental hygienist Carlos Sanchez. Dentists and hygienists can check suspicious mouth lesions, sores, or unusual lumps that may become cancerous as part of a dental appointment, so having regular checkups is important. Patients can also look for early warning signs every day through self-examinations when they brush and floss their teeth, Sanchez adds.

“Patients know their bodies best,” he says. “If you have a sore that’s not been healing or swelling that hasn’t gone down, let your dentist, dental hygienist, or doctor know.”

Symptoms to look out for include:

-       Red or white sores or patches that aren’t healing (even if they don’t hurt)

-       Soreness or feeling like something is caught in the throat

-       Lumps in the mouth or neck that don’t go away

-       Trouble swallowing or talking

-       Pain in the mouth or ear

Dentists and hygienists can also offer patients advice on reducing oral cancer risks, including how to stop smoking. During this year’s Great American Smokeout, celebrated nationwide on Thursday, November 21, USC dental hygiene students and faculty will provide free oral cancer screenings and help with quitting smoking to the public from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the USC Pharmacy, 3601 Trousdale Parkway, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90089 and the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 925 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Both locations are on the USC campus.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers low-cost dental care to children and adults. To learn more, please visit dentistry.usc.edu/patient-care or call (213) 740-2805.

Views: 341

Comment

You need to be a member of Leimert Park Beat to add comments!

Join Leimert Park Beat

Comment by Pamela Garrett on November 29, 2013 at 7:50pm

Good grief! Is there any part of your body that cancer can't grow? sigh. Thanks for the information.

Comment by Yvonne Ellett on November 23, 2013 at 4:21pm

Important news!  Thanks for sharing.

Leimert Park Beat is the news and social network for Leimert Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Stay informed. Join now!

 

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

WHAT STORIES WOULD YOU SUGGEST? Let me know.

With your help, LeimertParkBeat.com raised money to hire reporters, graphic artists and community members to cover our area.
Read the stories - Urban Economy 411, Redevelopment Hell and One of these don't belong.

Latest Activity

DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [New Location] THE World STAGE Saturday _]azz \/\/orkshop w/ Coordinator Billy McCoy ♪ July '16
" 100% NO-NONSENSE 2ND ANNUAL JAZZ CHARITY EVENT Catalina Jazz Club · Friday, July 1st, 7-10PM  Jazz for Love  -   "
2 hours ago
SPMG Media posted a blog post

Sister Batten Productions: Bring Her Inspirational Plays and Movies to Your Organization

Sister Batten ProductionsBring this powerful film to your church or organization.Walking In The SpiritFILM SYNOPSIS: Paula, a young adult away from home for the first time as a freshmen in college is placed in an uncompromising position that will challenge her faith, morals and everything she was taught as a young girl growing up in the church and having a praying mother. Walking in the Spirit will take you on an emotional journey of FLESH vs. SPIRIT.For Bookings contact Tony Smith, Kase-Qtr…See More
16 hours ago
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw's event was featured
Thumbnail

Free STEM Workshop for Kids at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw! at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Center Court

July 9, 2016 from 10am to 1pm
Great Minds In STEM is committed to keeping America technologically strong by promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers especially in under-served communities. Join us for a special #KidsClub activity at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in Center Court!See More
20 hours ago
Chantay's event was featured

Chantay Bridges at West Angeles Church - Crystal Room

July 2, 2016 from 11am to 2pm
Bestselling author/Empowerment Strategist, Deborah Smith Pegues in collaboration with West Angeles Church (Prayer Ministry), will present “Winning Strategies for the Next Level” for individuals who desire to go higher in their current occupation or to launch a new career or project. In this FREE workshop, Deborah will candidly share her success “playbook” and will officially launch her 16th book, Socially Confident in 60 Seconds. She is also the author of such transformational books as 30 Days…See More
20 hours ago
Jose Ubaldo's event was featured
Thumbnail

Metro Business Interruption Fund Summer Workshops at Crenshaw/LAX, Little Tokyo, Wilshire Boulevard

July 7, 2016 at 9am to September 14, 2016 at 7pm
20 hours ago
Mixtape Cover King promoted Mixtape Cover King's video
20 hours ago
Mixtape Cover King posted a video

(Custom Jewelry Review) Don't Spend A Penny Until You Watch This

http://mixtapecoverking.com/custom-hip-hop-jewelry . Turn your logo or design into custom jewelry. We can create your custom jewelry with real diamonds or hi...
21 hours ago
Jose Ubaldo posted an event
Thumbnail

Metro Business Interruption Fund Summer Workshops at Crenshaw/LAX, Little Tokyo, Wilshire Boulevard

July 7, 2016 at 9am to September 14, 2016 at 7pm
yesterday
Profile IconLeimert Park Beat via Facebook
Thumbnail

Culver City Fireworks 2016: At West Los Angeles College This July 4

Culver City Times

The Culver City Exchange Club’s 2016 fireworks show is being held at West Los Angeles College (at 9000 Overland Avenue) this July 4. Gates open at 4:00 pm and fireworks begin at dusk. Suggested donation: Walk-ins - $5 per person over the age of 6. Parking is $10. The suggested donation for a carlo

Facebookyesterday · Reply
DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [New Location] THE World STAGE Saturday _]azz \/\/orkshop w/ Coordinator Billy McCoy ♪ June '16
"Jazz for Love 2nd Annual 100 % No-Nonsense Charity Event @ Catalina Jazz Club Friday, July 1st  7 - 10PM "
yesterday
DojO- posted a blog post

Jazz for Love 2nd Annual 100 % No-Nonsense Charity Event @ Catalina Jazz Club Friday, July 1st 7-10PM

      2nd annual jazz charity event for survivors/orphans of the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami of 2011. (We decided to donate the portion for recent Kumamoto Earthquake victims as well). Even though it has been for 5 years, it is still a long way for them to recover mentally and financially. In particular, we believe supporting children is the most important thing we can do to help. Last year we held an event in Gardena, and all proceeds were donated to a small Japanese NPO "Hanamiyama wo…See More
yesterday
SPMG Media's 2 photos were featured
yesterday
Stevie Mack's photo was featured
yesterday
DojO-'s blog post was featured

CONNIE HAN Trio "Friday Nites in July" @ Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (exterior)

    "Where live Jazz lives" - July; 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd  7:30-10PM CD:  "hands-down must hav 'n yo old-school CD Jazz collection" Investment: (in Jazz) "Buy & hav signed" -  Personnel:  "Power Trio w/ diverse, experiential credentials & youth" - Connie Han, Band Leader - piano (elec.)…See More
yesterday
Jose Ubaldo's blog post was featured

Civil Work Improvements on Crenshaw Boulevard between 52nd and 54th streets

             As part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, Metro is completely rebuilding the curb, gutter and sidewalk on Crenshaw Boulevard between 52nd and 54th streets beginning Monday, June 27, with work through Monday, July 18.          Work has been scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for the next three weeks.          Once complete, the streetscape will include new median landscaping, trees, streetlights, traffic signals and a repaved roadway. The work will be…See More
yesterday
Chris Thomas is now a member of Leimert Park Beat
yesterday
DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [New Location] THE World STAGE Saturday _]azz \/\/orkshop w/ Coordinator Billy McCoy ♪ June '16
"CHUCK "Bari" JOHNSON Wednesday June 29thVerdugo Swing Society Big Band 6:30 pm-8:30 pmSummer Concerts in the Park Verdugo Park (North End)1621 Canada Boulevard Glendale, CA 91208 Free Admission www.glendaleca.gov/parks Info:  818…"
yesterday
DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [New Location] THE World STAGE Saturday _]azz \/\/orkshop w/ Coordinator Billy McCoy ♪ June '16
"[NOTICE]  Jazz  From: Sunday Brunch  To: Friday Nites "Live" · CONNIE HAN Trio @ P&B in July, Friday Nites "Now""... playing there Fridays starting on July 1. ...just confirmed w/ owner…"
Tuesday
Jose Ubaldo posted a blog post

Civil Work Improvements on Crenshaw Boulevard between 52nd and 54th streets

             As part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, Metro is completely rebuilding the curb, gutter and sidewalk on Crenshaw Boulevard between 52nd and 54th streets beginning Monday, June 27, with work through Monday, July 18.          Work has been scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for the next three weeks.          Once complete, the streetscape will include new median landscaping, trees, streetlights, traffic signals and a repaved roadway. The work will be…See More
Tuesday

© 2016   Created by enhager.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service