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What is Lip Cancer?

Lip cancer is one of the most common types of oral cancer. Lip cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that form tumours and lesions on the lips. Most oral cancers, including lip cancer, are generally..

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Lip cancer is one of the most common types of oral cancer. Lip cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that form tumours and lesions on the lips. Most oral cancers, including lip cancer, are generally a result of tobacco and alcohol consumption. Other reasons may include sun exposure and tanning. It starts in the squamous cells that are thin and flat, and forms the lining of the lips and mouth. It is easy to cure lip cancer if diagnosed at an early stage. This type of cancer is prevalent among men. Certain behaviour and lifestyle choices influence the risk for development of lip cancer. A dentist is usually the first person who can diagnose lip cancer. It is essential to treat it immediately, or else it can spread to the mouth, tongue, and other body parts. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed and treated, the easier it is to completely remove it. Lip cancer is highly curable as high visibility of lesions on the lips results in earlier detection.

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Lip Cancer
Symptoms of lip cancer
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The symptoms and signs of lip cancer are:

  • Painful or bleeding lips.
  • Swollen jaw.
  • A lesion, ulcer, lump, blister, or sore in the mouth.
  • White or red patches on the lips, tongue, gums, or in the lining of the mouth.
  • Continuous pain in the mouth.
  • Persistent sore throat.

 

 

Causes of lip cancer
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The most common causes of lip cancer are:

  • Tobacco intake.
  • Consumption of alcohol.
  • Too much exposure to sun.

 

Risk of lip cancer
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Major risk factors are:

  • Men are more susceptible to the disease.
  • People above the age of 40 are likely to develop the disease.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Light coloured skin.
  • Exposure to direct sun rays.

 

Lip cancer prevention
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To prevent lip cancer you need to:

  • Avoid too much exposure to sun rays.
  • Use sunscreens to block harmful radiations.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Reduce consumption of alcohol.
  • See your dentist regularly.
  • Regular brushing and flossing.

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