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Your Asking About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec dentist The Ordre des dentistes du Québec for advice is the professional corporation representing all Quebec dentists. Its primary mission is to protect the If you have any of public. Among other things, the Order ensures the quality of dental services by maintaining high profes- the symptoms listed inside, sional and ethical standards, and organizes activities to promote oral you should consult health in Quebec. a health professional as soon as possible. Dentists are experts in oral health, 625 René-Lévesque Blvd. West can 15th Floor so they know all about Montreal, Quebec H3B 1R2 Telephone: (514) 875-8511 shed oral cancer, its causes Toll free: 1 800 361-4887 Fax: (514) 875-9049 light and symptoms. Website: www.odq.qc.ca on Doctors can also advise you on this kind of cancer. In collaboration with oral So don’t hesitate to ask. cancer What is oral cancer? What to watch for We don’t tend to hear much about oral ✖ A sore on the lip or in the mouth, like Detecting oral cancer an ulcer, that lasts longer than two cancer. But there are several places in right from the start weeks. the mouth and throat where it can appear, for instance on the tongue, lips, palate, Your dentist can detect oral cancer as soon ✖ A lump on the lip or in the mouth or salivary glands and tonsils. as it begins, with a clinical examination, or throat. screening, during your routine check-up. ✖ A white or red patch on the gums, It’s a simple and painless examination tongue or edge of the lip. Oral cancer kills that takes only a few minutes. ✖ Difﬁculty or pain with chewing or swal- Every year, more than 700 people in Quebec lowing. learn that they have oral cancer. Close to ✖ Swelling of the jaw that causes den- Screening can save lives tures to ﬁt poorly. 300 of them die of it—nearly one a day. The earlier oral cancer is discovered, ✖ A change in the voice, a sore throat In Canada as a whole there are some the better the chance of survival. Five years that doesn’t go away or a feeling that 3,100 new cases every year, resulting in something is caught in the throat. after a diagnosis of oral cancer, eight out over 1,100 deaths. ✖ Unusual bleeding or numbness of the of ten individuals survive if the disease is tongue, lip or face. detected early, as compared with only two out of ten if it is detected at an advanced Knowing the risks stage (U.S. data). Don’t delay ✖ Smoking and heavy drinking are the most important risk factors. Although Many people put off consulting a dentist they can both cause oral cancer alone, or doctor, since most sores caused by oral or when combined they multiply the risk. throat cancer don’t hurt. But it’s important ✖ Men age 45 and older are two to three to act quickly, especially if you have a sore times more at risk for oral cancer than that has lasted longer than two weeks. are women. ✖ Research suggests that a diet without enough fresh fruit and vegetables may also be a possible risk factor.
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