Myths and Misconceptions About Oral Cancer

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What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a mouth or throat tissue cancer that can occur in any part of the oral cavity, including the gums, tongue, lips, palate, floor of the mouth, and the inner lining of the cheeks and throat (oropharynx). 

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Only Smokers and Heavy Drinkers Get Oral Cancer

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Myth 1

While tobacco and alcohol use are substantial risk factors, oral cancer can affect anybody, even nonsmokers and moderate drinkers.

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Oral Cancer is Rare

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Oral cancer is more widespread than many people realise, with tens of thousands of new cases diagnosed year.

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Oral Cancer Only Affects Older Adults

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Myth 3

While the chance of developing oral cancer increases with age, it can happen at any age, including young adults and teenagers.

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Oral Cancer is Always Painful

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Myth 4

Oral cancer does not usually cause pain in the early stages, which is why regular dental check-ups and self-examinations are so important for early detection.

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If You Have No Symptoms, You Don't Have Oral Cancer

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Myth 5

Oral cancer may not necessarily appear with prominent symptoms in its early stages, emphasising the significance of regular screenings and self-checks.   

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Oral Cancer is Always a Death Sentence

Myth 6

While oral cancer can be fatal if not found and treated early, many cases are successfully cured, particularly when diagnosed early on.