Cancer is one of the most dangerous and poorly-understood conditions, happened in the human’s body. It occurs, when abnormal cells begin to grow and propagate out of control. It's interesting that malignant cells don't die off, as normal cells do. Moreover, they have ability to spread to other parts of the body from their primary location, forming secondary tumor.

Cancer may start anywhere in the body, even in the blood. And it's impossible to predict its development.

Specialists say that genetic mutations are the main factors, which can contribute to cancer. However unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet and other potentially modifiable things can significantly increase person's risks of getting malignancy.

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Sometimes malignant cells may appear in the mouth, affecting lips, gums, tongue or cheeks.

It was found that smokers and those, who snuff or chew tobacco are many times more likely to have neoplasm in the mouth.

You probably know that drinking too much alcohol may lead to high number of health issues, like cardiovascular disease, liver failure etc.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly seven of ten patients with oral malignancy abuse alcohol.

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Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (from the sun rays) can trigger lip cancer, especially if you have family predisposition to this trouble.

Specialists say that having human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is associated with higher risks of mouth cancer.

Like most other cancers, this malignancy can stay asymptomatic on the early stages. When progressing, it may cause some of these signs:

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#1. Non-healing ulcers and sores in the mouth.

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#2. Inexplicable bleeding.

#3. New lumps, spots or swelling on the lips or inside the oral cavity.

#4. Painful sensations and stiffness in the tongue or jaw.

#5. Sore throat.

#6. Difficulty swallowing and/or chewing.

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#7. Numbness or tingling anywhere in the mouth or neck.

#8. Looseness of the teeth without any reason.

#9. Changed speech.

#10. Unintentional weight loss.

It's worth consulting with your doctor, if you have any of these symptoms, lasting more than two weeks.

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Nobody is immune to mouth cancer. But it's still possible to minimize the risks, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and following healthy diet. Actually, using these tips, you can also prevent high number of other health issues, like hypertension, kidney disease and heart failure.

Try to avoid long-term sun exposure. Protect yourself with hat and sunscreen lip products.

Nowadays it's possible to prevent HPV transmission, getting special vaccine.

It's really important to visit your dentist regularly and ask him or her to examine your entire m. outh attentively.

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