Pay attention: April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month - a good time to visit your dentist for an exam
Over 21,000 men and 9,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2013, there will be 41,380 new cases of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx in the USA, resulting in 7,890 deaths, according to NCI.
Oral cancer can affect mouth and throat, most of which starts in the cells squamous cells that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue and lips. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, human papillomavirus infection, sun exposure, diet and history of oral cancer.
Symptoms that require attention include spots within the mouth or in the mouth. lips, sore mouth or lips that do not heal, bleeding in the mouth, soft teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of the lower lip and chin, difficulty in wearing dentures, and persistent ear pain.
Cardiovascular diseases are leading the world in death, accounting for almost 30% of deaths in Brazil. Among these, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the main cause. According to Datasus, a government data control agency, 2028 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the state of São Paulo were recorded only in August 2013.
According to a new bulletin released by the Ministry of Health, Brazil has 89 confirmed deaths of yellow fever. Among them, 77 occurred in Minas Gerais, nine in Espírito Santo and three in São Paulo. The agency received 1,258 suspected cases, most of them 1,032 in Minas. Of this total, 263 infections were confirmed, 882 still need investigation and 113 records were discarded.