Cancer is caused by certain cells growing and reproducing uncontrollably in the body, said the NHS.
These cancerous cells can destroy the surrounding tissue, including healthy cells and organs.
You could lower your risk of cancer by always looking out for any unexplained changes to the body. For example, the sudden appearance of a lump or bleeding.
But you could also be at risk of cancer with a simple sore tooth, it’s been revealed.
A toothache could be an early warning sign of skin cancer, experts have claimed.
Andy was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell skin cancer in 2014, after complaining of a sore tooth.
He went to the dentist for a check-up, who thought it was a simple case of an infected wisdom tooth.
Andy had a molar removed, but after the hole hadn’t healed over after two weeks, and he subsequently went back to the dentist.
He was referred to a specialist, who suggested a biopsy, and in February 2014, he was diagnosed with the skin cancer.
“When there are six people in the room, you know you’re in trouble,” said Andy.
“I told them not to sugar coat it, and they said the cancer had filled the space where the tooth had been removed.”
Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) are a type of non-melanoma skin cancers – the second most common type of skin cancer to be diagnosed.
They’re a cancer of the cells in the outer most layer of the skin, and SCCs are usually slow growing.
SCCs often look like scaly red patches or open sores, and they may crust over or bleed.
If allowed to grow untreated, they can become deadly, although most people are completely cured of the condition once treated.
After being diagnosed, Andy had a 12-hour procedure to remove a huge part of his jaw.
He underwent plastic surgery and had a metal track inserted into his face.
He couldn’t eat solid foods for six weeks, and then started radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.
Five months later, his treatment finished and he was given the all-clear from skin cancer.
About 131,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year.
Published at Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0000