We can all get all types of cancer in literally any part of your body. And that’s distressing, for sure. Still, the more we know about different types of cancer, the better prepared we are to look for early symptoms and hopefully treat cancer before it’s too advanced.
Lung, breast, prostate or skin cancers are well known already, but others still fly under the radar.
Mouth and nasal cavity cancers are not particularly frequent, but they indeed are deadly. Since these types of cancer are rarely detected in time, the survival rate for these is just under 60 percent.
This basically means that if there’s one type of cancer you want to catch early, it’s this one, and your teeth can give you an early warning.
Aching upper teeth might mean cancer.
Your throat, mouth and nose are all connected by the back sinus cavity, so any type of cancer developing in the wide-area will affect all of it- his means throat cancer can spread to the nose and mouth.
As for the teeth, since your upper teeth have deep roots in your nasal cavity, any tumor growing in them will cause pain in your teeth, sensitivity and even misalignment if the cancer is too large.
Of course, ordinary, less dangerous infections can cause sinus inflammation and similar pain on your upper and back teeth. In fact, chronic sinusitis might look remarkably similar to cancer.
How to know if it’s cancer or sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection in the nasal cavity, and it usually comes with nose congestion, a sore throat, headaches and sometimes toothache. And although these can also be signs of cancer, cancer has a few added symptoms.
Cancer might feel like sinusitis, but it can also come with pressure, vision problems, nose bleeds, numbness or tingling. After all, these types of tumors are aggressive and affect the entire nasal area. Still, sometimes cancer only affects one part of the nasal cavity, so if you have symptoms in just one side of your face, that’s probably cancer and not just sinusitis.
Rule out causes of toothache
Although pain on your teeth could mean cancer, there are many other causes you should first rule out.
The first thing you should do is pay a visit to your dentist, as he can determine if you have cavities, gum disease or other tooth infections.
Once you’ve ruled out common dental problems, talk to your general practitioner to see if you have any infections in your ears, nose or throat.
If your discomfort can’t be explained with the above, then it might be cancer. The good news? Finding it soon elevates your chances of dealing with the tumor in time to over 70%.
Stay safe by checking yourself regularly.
Luckily, sinus and nasal cancer are not all that common, but around 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year. And since cancer’s symptoms are similar to other sinus conditions, people are not treating it in time.
This is why you shouldn’t medicate yourself. Talk to a doctor whenever you have any health-adverse condition. This might be the difference between detecting something as harmful as cancer in time. Checking yourself regularly pays off.
Let’s prevent any more deaths related to sinus cancer by listening to our teeth. Stay safe, everyone!