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April 13th – 19th is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Week

April 13th – 19th  is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Week

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Oral Cancer– Also called Oral Cavity Cancer, is cancer that starts in the mouth.

Head & Neck Cancer– Cancer that starts in the head or neck region ( nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth salivary glands, throat or larynx).

Here is an article about improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with head or neck cancers: EdBookAM201333e230

I have included a small video that shows the treament course of a patient diagnosed with base-of- tongue cancer: John’s Story

Here is a brief summary of facts about Oral Cancer:

  • Some risk factors are smoking, drinking heavily, HPV ( Human Papillomavirus)and prolonged sun exposure.
  • Almost all Oral cancer begins in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of the mouth.

Here is a brief summary of facts about Head and Neck Cancer:

  • Cancer usually begins in the squamous cells that line the moist mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck ( Inside mouth, nose, throat).
  • Risk factors include smoking, heavy drinking, and HPV ( Human Papillomavirus).

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Patches inside mouth or on lips
  • A sore in your mouth or on your lips that doesn’t heal
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • A lump in your neck
  • An earache that doesn’t go away
  • Numbness of the lower lip and chin

Signs and Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer:

  • A lump or sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • A sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Ringing or pain in ears
  • Sinuses that are blocked and do not clear
  • Chronic sinus infections that do not respond to antibiotics
  • Nosebleeds
  • Numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face

Prevention- Early Detection:

Early detection is key

Doctors recommend self oral exams monthly to help prevent Oral cancer

Doctors recommend a yearly physical examination of the head and neck to help prevent Head & Neck Cancer

Helpful Links for more information:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!


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April: Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month


Testicular Cancer– When normal cells in one or both testicles change and grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor.

Facts about Testicular Cancer:

  • Most tumors develop in germ cells which make sperm. Hence they are called germ cell tumors
  • Testicular cancer is divided in to two types seminomas and non-seminomas.  Non-seminomas grow more quickly and are more likely to spread.
  • Both types require immediate treatment.
  • It is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35 years old.
  • It is one of the most curable cancers if it is detected early.

Improving Treatments for germ cell tumors:

Risk Factors:

  • Undescended testicles (cryptochordism)
  • Urological birth defects
  • Family History
  • Being a Caucasian male

Signs and Symptoms:

Most common:

  • Lumps, swelling and or pain in scrotum.
  • Usually lumps are painless or mildly uncomfortable so do not wait until it becomes more serious to seek medical attention.
  •  Swelling can happen without a lump being present.
  • Dull ache or pressure in lower abdomen or back.
  • Change of size in testicles.
  • Feeling of heaviness or fullness in the scrotum.
  • Enlargement or tenderness in breasts.

Advanced symptoms:

  • Significant weight loss and/or enlarged abdominal lymph nodes. (Due to growth of tumors)
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain, coughing and difficultly breathing.
  • Coughing up blood ( Due to tumors in the lungs)
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes in abdomen and/or neck.

Prevention:  A monthly self exam for all men over the age of 14. The exam is best performed after a bath or shower as it relaxes the scrotum making it easier to spot abnormalities.

Helpful Links:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

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