Support My Efforts By Visiting The Advertisers


This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own, not those of my employer and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

Oral Care

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Oral hygiene is one area that is often neglected until a problem arises.

A monthly self-examination of your mouth may go a long way in detecting any suspicious lumps. Asst Prof Fan shows you how.

- Lift up the upper lip and pull down the lower lip to look right inside the fold.
- Stretch open right and left cheek to look at the furthest corner inside.
- Stick out tongue to check its left and right side, and under the surface.
- Lift tongue up to check floor of mouth.
- Tilt head back to check palate and say "arrh" to check the soft palate. The soft palate is the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth.

Head and neck cancer afflicts about 500 Singaporeans each year, and is the sixth most common cancer to afflict men in Singapore. But the symptoms are hard to detect because they seem to be trivial ailments.

"Some of the early symptoms of head and neck cancer are similar to those of common ailments like upper respiratory tract infection and may be ignored," said medical oncologist Dr Leong Swan Swan, who is based at Gleneagles Medical Centre's Oncocare Cancer Centre. "This may cause delays in seeking medical attention and hence more advanced cancers at diagnosis," added the doctor.

"A sign to look out for is a non-healing mouth ulcer," said Asst Prof Fan. "The ulcers that most people get typically heal within 10 to 14 days. Any ulcer that doesn't heal in two weeks is suspicious," he added.

Other warning signs include a persistent sore throat or congested nose, as well as unusual lumps, and red or white patches in the mouth. In more advanced cases, the patient may have difficulty swallowing or slurred speech, especially those who have tongue cancer. Others may have abnormal lumps in the neck.

With early diagnosis, head and neck cancers are curable, both doctors stressed.




The owner of this blog does not share personal information with third-parties nor does the owner store information is collected about your visit for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at anytime by modifying your Internet browser’s settings. The owner is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without permission.

Blog Comments

The owner of this blog reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice due to;

1. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam
2. Comments including profanity
3. Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive
4. Comments that attack a person individually

Terms and Conditions

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

This policy is subject to change at anytime.

About This Blog

To promote the education of individuals for the need to have a healthy lifestyle and wealth management through proper financial planning, particularly in investments.

Top Blogs


Top Sites

  © Blogger templates Sunset by 2008

Back to TOP