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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month


Each year, there are an estimated 657,000 new cases of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, and more than 330,000 deaths. Oral cancers include the main subsites of the oral cavity, lip, pharynx, and nasopharynx.

The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about oral cancer, and at IndiCure, we are dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease, which can help mitigate the risk of oral cancer. 

In this blog, we share some important insights into oral cancer.

All about Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can appear on the inside of the cheeks and the gums, but anywhere in the mouth. It is a type of head and neck cancer.

The common symptom of oral cancer is sores in the mouth, which often occur on the cheeks, lips, gums. If you notice any lumps, swollen places, thickenings, eroded areas, rough spots, or crusted places, then it is a cause for concern.

 The symptoms are as follows:

       Red and white patches along their mouth

       Unexplained bleeding or pain/numbness around the mouth, face, and neck

       Persistent sores (that might not heal within two weeks)

       Soreness in the back of the throat or sensation of a choked throat

       Hoarseness

       Change in voice

       Difficulty swallowing and chewing

       Sudden ear pain or weight loss

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Although no one is immune to oral cancer, some people are at a higher risk. Studies show that men are twice as likely to be affected – particularly if they are older than 50.

Several risk factors for oral cancer include:

  Smokeless tobacco users, as dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco users are 50 times more likely to have cancer.

      Smokers (cigarettes, pipes, or cigars) are six times more likely to have oral cancer.

      Drinkers are six times more at risk.

      Family history of oral cancer.

   People with human papillomavirus. Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma has links to certain strains of this virus.

 Oral Cancer Treatment in India

Cancer treatments available in India match the best in the world. With an increasing number of cancer cases being diagnosed every year, cancer treatment advancements are also increasing.

Treating oral cancer is very challenging. To regulate the survival rates, it is essential to know the stage of the disease. Depending on the stage and extent of cancer, oral cancer can be treated by surgery alone or a combination of surgery and chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The most commonly preferred treatment for oral cancer is the surgical removal of the tumor in the mouth.

One can experience improvement in the quality of life after undergoing treatment. Moreover, minimally invasive surgery helps patients lead a life with less pain after the surgery, better immunity, and a better chance of normal breathing, and comparatively less time of recovery.

Oral Cancer Treatment Cost in India

India is considered one of the most affordable places for cancer treatment in the world.

       Cost of Chemotherapy varies from US $ 1,000 to US $ 1,500 per cycle.

       Cost of Radiotherapy varies from US $ 4,000 to US $5,000.

These costs may vary depending upon the medical condition of the patient, facility, and the city you choose to undergo the treatment. Oral cancer cost in India is typically one-tenth or even less than what it costs to get the same treatment done in Western countries.

Conclusion

IndiCure, one of the most renowned medical tourism company in India, is making it easy for you to help raise awareness for oral cancer by sharing this information about cancer that is a ticking time bomb. Use your voice to help build awareness throughout this April!

It is advisable to start early with the diagnosis and treatment to avoid any further complications. Moreover, India offers the best and budget-friendly cancer treatment to people worldwide. Owing to this, millions have traveled and are still traveling to India for affordable cancer treatment in the world.

About IndiCure

IndiCure is one of the largest and most renowned medical tourism companies in India offering cancer treatment at the best cancer hospitals in India at the most affordable cost. If you are willing to schedule your oral cancer treatment with IndiCure, you can send us your medical reports at info@indicure.com. You may call or WhatsApp our coordinator and book directly at +91 9320036777.

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