Lip cancer, as everyone knows, is a type of oral cancer. In this article we are focusing on the necessary lifestyle changes that should be made after being diagnosed by lip cancer.
Talking about the lifestyle changes, one’s lifestyle plays an important role in the development and progress of lip cancer. Along with correct and timely treatment, equal importance should be given to the needed lifestyle changes as well.
In order to see what lifestyle changes can be made after being diagnosed by lip cancer, we first need to see what the causes of lip cancer are. There are certain factors including smoking, tobacco chewing and alcohol consumption, which are to be considered quite seriously. It has been proven that the use of any of these commodities, in single or in combination, can be very hazardous for our health. It can cause a number of fatal diseases, including cancer. The chemicals in these substances affect our body, thereby leading to cancerous changes. Another factor to be considered is over exposure to the sunlight, as the strong UV rays can be quite harmful to our body, even lips.
Also, it has been noticed that male population suffers more from this condition than the female population. This may be due to the sun exposure that males are susceptible to because they tend to do more outside jobs compared to females; or maybe due to the habits of smoking and alcohol consumption, which are quite prevalent in the male population.
What Are The Lifestyle Changes For Lip Cancer?
Considering the lifestyle changes that can be made after getting diagnosed with cancer, the above-mentioned facts clearly show that, there are certain things that must be done to potentially cut down the progress of the disease any further. It is absolutely recommended to quit smoking completely, as it can irritate and damage the oral cavity further. Also, it can cause utmost pain as the oral cavity becomes vulnerable to slightest of the touch. The same holds true in case of tobacco chewing as well. Alcohol consumption must be brought down, or better still, should be totally stopped. While going out in the sun, it is advisable to cover the face with a mask or scarf, so that the harsh sunlight doesn’t damage the affected site any further. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables; as these contain vital phytochemicals and anti-oxidants which help to tackle the free radicals and build up the immune system and facilitate quick healing. Also, research shows that some fruits and vegetables are known to possess anti-cancer properties.
Lip cancer has a great chance, almost a hundred percent, of recovery, if diagnosed and treated on proper time. In addition to this, if proper lifestyle changes are made, there is a great chance of complete recovery from it. Also, the chances of relapse become very less if correct treatment and advised lifestyle changes are followed.
The treatment of lip cancer varies according to the stage it has progressed to. Also, it depends on the duration of the onset of the condition and concerned person’s physical and emotional strength. The treatment usually comprises of the major three aspects, in single or in combination if needed- namely surgery, radiation therapy (delivering radiation at the affected areas) and chemotherapy (delivering medicines at the affected areas). In the initial stages, if the cancer hasn’t spread too far, surgery can be the choice of treatment. But, if the condition has progressed far, then surgery might not prove to be that helpful. In such cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy can be decided in single or in combination. An oncologist will be the best person to decide on this aspect.
Some alternative medicine therapies like Ayurveda can be used as supportive treatment in the treatment regimen of lip cancer. In fact, certain Ayurveda remedies have been proven to tackle this condition quite well.