Oral cancer is a part of a bigger group of cancers broadly referred to as head and neck cancers. Statistically, about 640,000 people suffer from this terrible disease annually all over the world. Screening for oral cancer is difficult because it has no predilection with respect to gender, age or race. Besides, multiple factors can lead to oral cancer – making it even more difficult to tackle at the root level. However, treatment options have improved dramatically, in terms of surgical therapies, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Unfortunately, even after improved treatment modalities, we have not seen a significant rise in the long-term survival of patients of oral cancer. This is mainly due to the biologic nature of this cancer which grows slowly while people neglect it and do not seek help in the early course of the disease. Thus, the diagnosis is delayed, which effectively means that by the time patients do seek help, they are already in the later stages of the disease. That is why it becomes all the more important to spread public awareness about oral cancer and promote oral health. Oral cancer, if diagnosed at an early stage, can be treated and that can help minimize the development of new cancers or metastatic disease.
As a specialist in the treatment of this disease I constantly educate my patients about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I also encourage them to have periodic examinations performed by a professional in order to prevent any unforgivable delays in diagnosis. I hope to contribute as much as I can to this blog. I would be happy to assist anyone with questions about this disease, its treatment or any related queries.
Every journey begins with a single step. We may have a long way to go in finding a cure for cancer. Meanwhile let’s work towards education, prevention, early diagnosis and management of this affliction because every single person saved from oral cancer is a step further towards a cancer free world.