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Pay Attention to the Signs of Oral Cancer


The recent death of actor and TV star Larry Hagman due to tongue/throat cancer has brought increased awareness to this serious medical concern.

Often oral cancer starts out as a mouth ulcer, white and red patches inside the mouth, or unusual lumps and swelling. When finding these signs, many people wait before contacting their doctor, hoping the problem will go away. 

The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that each year nearly 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer, with almost one person dying from the disease every day.

These are startling statistics, but the disease can be prevented if individuals schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. During these visits, dental professionals examine oral tissues for possible early signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer also can be prevented if individuals avoid several risk factors that researchers believe are closely linked to the disease:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

To learn more about oral cancer, review these articles, and share your feedback:

TV star Larry Hagman succumbs to oral cancer

Dallas Star Larry Hagman (JR Ewing) Died of Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation