oral cancer causes and treatment

How to Identify Early Stage Mouth Cancer and Treat It

oral cancer causes and treatment

In India, mouth cancer is the third most prevalent form in the ‘head and neck’ cancer category. It can happen anywhere in the mouth- the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, on the lips, the roof or floor of the mouth or gums. Most cases of oral cancer occur after the age of 40 and they are more common in men than women.

What are the early warning signs of oral cancer?

In the early stages, the signs of oral cancer can be quite subtle. The signs to watch out for are:

  • Recurrence of ulcers and sores inside your mouth.
  • Unusual patches of red or whitish skin along the lining of your mouth
  • Swellings which might be painful
  • Teeth loosening for no apparent reason
  • Pain in the jaws or gums
  • Sudden thickening of mouth skin 
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Stiffness or pain along the length of the tongue
  • Soreness of throat
  • Voice becoming hoarse
  • Pain in the neck extending all the way up to the ears.
  • A feeling that there is something stuck at the back of your mouth.

If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, you should go for regular dental check-ups and keep an eye out for the above-mentioned symptoms.

What causes oral cancer?

Doctors have not yet identified the exact cause of mouth cancer. But there is a direct link between high incidence rates of cancer and tobacco use. Smokers are actually 3 times more likely to get cancer than non-smokers are. The International Agency for Research on Cancer identified tobacco as a carcinogen many years ago. It can lead to a mutation of the DNA of the cells of the mouth. When the unnatural cells begin to divide and spread rapidly, it becomes a case of oral cancer.

Moreover, a diet comprising red meat, fried and processed foods can up the risk of mouth cancer.

Diagnosis of oral cancer

If you notice any of the danger signs, visit a dentist at the earliest. An examination of the mouth is painless and quick. If the doctor feels there is a cause of concern, you might have to undergo a biopsy of the affected area. It means the extraction of a few tissues, which will be studied to see if the cells there are multiplying unnaturally.

Treatment for early-stage Oral Cancer

The earlier the cancer is detected, the more the chances of vanquishing it completely. Even in its early stages, surgery might be necessary. It includes the removal of the tumor and some of the healthy surrounding tissues to ensure that none of the mutated cells remains. If surgery alters the person’s appearance, then reconstruction surgery will follow.

Another effective treatment is brachytherapy. The surgeon inserts radioactive implants into the diseased tissues. The implants damage the cells’ DNA and do not allow them to divide.

Similarly, the doctor might advise radiation therapy that trains high-powered X-Rays at the affected site to destroy the tumor cells.


Mouth cancer is a dreaded disease and can bring pain and misery to a person’s life. Treatment is possible but it is expensive. It’s wiser to simply exercise some caution and try to prevent it in the first place.

Preventing cancer is far easier than treating it. So, if you want to know about
the measures you can adopt to prevent the onset of mouth cancer, talk to a
Doctor through MediBuddy today!



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women's health issues in India

The Status of Women’s Health in India

While Healthcare in India has significantly improved over the years; thanks to the developments in science and medicine, the status of Women’s Health in our country is unfortunately still quite dismal. This particular infographic titled ‘Women’s Health in India’ has been meticulously created to depict the major concerns that women are being forced to face on a daily basis, irrespective of their demographic or region of origin. We also take a look at the top diseases that have put women’s lives in peril in the past year. Keep reading to know the statistics pertaining to this alarming scenario.

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Benefits of fasting

Fasting: Your Guaranteed Path to a Healthier Self

Benefits of fasting

Fasting may only have recently become a fad among health enthusiasts, but it is an ancient practice that is integral to religious and cultural practices of many traditions. When you fast, you refrain from eating or drinking for at least 24 hours.

Here are a few benefits of fasting –

Helps combat Diabetes

Diabetics should definitely incorporate a few days’ worth of fasting evenly spaced out throughout the month. Several studies have proved that fasting keeps your blood sugar levels balanced and does not allow it to soar or plummet. It makes your body less resistant to insulin and thus keeps diabetes in check.

Boosts Heart Health

2 months of alternating between eating one day and fasting the next can drag down the level of bad cholesterol or LDL considerably and makes HDL or good cholesterol more effective. It will also reduce triglyceride levels by as much as 32 %.

Abstaining from food for at least a day will keep your heart healthy by regulating your blood pressure. It reduces the risk of cardiac ailments like heart attack, coronary artery disease or cardiac arrest.

Helps with Weight Loss

You can only lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. That is why the easiest way to lose weight is fasting. When you don’t eat, the source of calories dries up. And when it runs out of calories, to keep the organs running, your body will be forced to tap into the fat reserves. This will promote a speedy loss of weight.

Improves Brain Function

Experiments conducted on mice shows that intermittent fasting for almost a year is good for brain health. It helps in the regeneration of the nerve cells of the brain and thus improves cognitive abilities as well as memory and recollection.

Reduces Inflammation

Your immune system triggers inflammation in order to fight off harmful microorganisms that have the potential to cause ailments. But sometimes, the immune system goes overboard and this leads to chronic inflammation. If left unchecked, it may lead to joint pain, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease and raises your chances of getting cancer and grave cardiac problems.

Research shows that if you fast a few times every month, it may reduce the level of swelling and shield your health from the risks associated with excessive inflammation.

Fights Cancer

Experiments show that if you fast regularly, it will act as an inhibitor and block the unnatural mutation of cells. Thus it may effectively reduce your chances of contracting cancer.

Moreover, fasting may make chemotherapy more effective. It does not allow the cancerous cells to multiply and reduces the size of the tumour.

May help prolong Lifespan

Yet again an experiment conducted on mice proved that fasting can prolong longevity. The mice that were made to fast lived longer than those who didn’t, showing that it can slow down the rate of ageing.

Making yourself fast may be a little uncomfortable at the start. But if you can acclimate to it, you can gain a lot from it!

Looking for pointers as to how you can take better care of your heart?
Talk to a Doctor through MediBuddy today!


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