Must Know Myths and Facts about Mouth Cancer

5 Must Know Myths and Facts about Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer has more than its share of myths and half-baked truths that pass off as facts. Some of the more widespread myths include:

  1. It's Easy to Detect

    Mouth cancer is easy to detect according to many people based on perception or what they read in the media.

    Fact – Mouth cancers are relatively easier to detect, but it is not as if they can be detected without tests or a visit to the oncologist.

    Mouth cancers are often diagnosed at an early stage simply because mouth cancers are easily detected compared to cancers deeper inside the body like breast cancer or prostate cancer for instance.

  2. Food Additives Cause Cancer

    It is thought that food additives are dangerous and cause cancer, among other diseases / allergies.

    Fact – Given the number of food additives and the multiple purposes they serve right from colouring to flavouring to preserving, it is not possible to paint them all with a single brush.

    But what is acknowledged is that given their nature, additives can be harmful. For this reason, authorities ensure only approved additives make it in the finished product. However, there is no way to ensure that companies abide by the guidelines. It’s best to check the list of ingredientsfor known / approved additives.

  3. Family History is Every Thing

    People often agonize about being at a higher risk of mouth cancer because someone in their family has it.

    Fact –There is only a slightly higher risk of getting mouth cancer if a close relative (a parent, brother, sister or child) has had mouth cancer. Studies have been unable to unravel the link.

    However, like other cancers, lifestyle and diet also influence onset of mouth cancer.

  4. Oral Cancer is Not That Dangerous

    Compared to other cancers like blood cancer, brain tumour, breast cancer, among others, mouth cancer is considered alesserproblem – since it’s not as dangerous as other cancers.

    Fact – Oral cancers cannot be taken lightly – it is as dangerous as other cancers – even though they may not be as aggressive as other types of cancers.

    In developed medical economies like the US, over 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2016. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, approximately 43% will die. Despite the progress in medical science even in a country like the US, there has been no significant improvement in decades on this count.

  5. Stress Causes Oral Cancer

    There is no doubt that stress is the physiological imbalance that poisons a person’s wellbeing. Some even go as far as to assert that it may eventually cause cancer.

    Fact - There are no two ways about the fact that stress is bad. In general we could do with lower stress levels in life. Stress is known to aggravate many medical conditions / diseases including obesity, high blood pressure and insomnia.

    On a positive note, there’s still no direct link between stress and cancer.

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