‘Early detection can save you from oral cancer’
A city-based doctor was honoured by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during the Punjab State Dental Conference that was recently held at Chandigarh.
Dr Pardeep Sharma, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, was one of the speakers who was honoured during the conference.
Dr Sharma gave a lecture on, ‘early detection of oral cancer.’
A total of 680 delegates participated in the conference. Dr Pardeep Sharma, who is the district dental health officer, said early detection of cancer can save the life of a patient adding that Oral cancer is the most common form of cancer among males in India.
As the cancer awareness month is being observed in April, the doctor advised the people to not ignore the symptoms.
Dr Sharma said, “Detection at stage 1 and 2 carry a very favourable 5 year survival rate of 70-85% while if the cancer is detected in the third and the fourth stage then the five year survival rate is up to 40%.”
Dr Sharma added cancer in the head and the neck is emerging as the single largest disease
A white or red patch (or combination of the two) inside the mouth or the lips are the most commonly experienced symptom of oral cancer. In the early stages, these white and red patches are warnings of abnormal cells, a pre-malignant condition. If left untreated, they can become cancerous
A sore or blister in the mouth or on the lip that won’t heal is a symptom of oral cancer. Sores that last longer than two weeks warrant a trip to a doctor
This symptom can include difficulty chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue entity among all malignancies and of all head and neck cancers around 50% are cancers of the oral cavity.
He further said studies all over the world have shown that dentists are more likely to pick up disease in stage 1 and 2. He added that heavy and intake of alcohol, smoking, tobacco and other chemicals wreaks havoc This is a non-specific symptom of oral cancer and can be caused by many other conditions
Frequent or persistent ear pain needs to be evaluated by a physician. An ear pain is usually indicative of an infection. However, in some cases, it can be related to oral cancer
This can include dentures not fitting correctly. Oral cancer can also cause loose teeth Report any oral bleeding to your dentist and doctor. Bleeding from the mouth can be caused by many things, but it is still a symptom of oral cancer and needs to be checked out. in the oral cavity that is major risk factors of oral cancer.
Dr Sharma further said that human papilloma virus is also one of the major risk factor for oral and cervical cancers.
Dr Pardeep Sharma has served at AIIMS, New Delhi and Indian Armed Forces apart from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.
Dr Pardeep Sharma being honoured by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during the Punjab State Dental Conference held in Chandigarh recently.