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10 EARLY SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER YOU SHOULD NOT IGNORE.

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Oral cancer or mouth cancer usually appears as growths or sores which refuse to heal or go away. These symptoms can lead to some life-threatening conditions if they are not treated properly or at an early stage. There are no guaranteed cures for cancer, it is advisable that if you encounter any of these symptoms, you should get yourself checked by a doctor. These are 10 symptoms one should watch for when it comes to mouth cancer.

#10 A sore throat

This is a symptom of the common cold. However, a prolonged or never ending sore throat is a strong indication of something much more serious than a common cold. The person will develop soreness in the mouth and will feel like there is something stuck at the back of the throat. If you have this feeling for a long time, go to a doctor asap.
#9 Difficulty moving your jaw

A common sign of mouth cancer is the inability to move your jaw. If you have trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue, it is advisable that you consult a doctor immediately.

#8 Loose teeth

If there is a loose tooth or many teeth that have become loose for an unexplained reason, consult a doctor immediately. Another sign of oral cancer is if you have a tooth socket that has not healed for a long period of time.

#7 Bleeding inside your mouth

Any random bleeding inside of your mouth can be a sign of mouth cancer which absolutely should not be ignored. If you’re mouth also feels numb, it is in your best interest to make an appointment with your GP.

#6 Unexplained weight loss

Sudden or drastic fluctuations of weight can be symptoms of cancer as well. If you seem to notice an extreme weight difference in your body without any reason, consult a doctor.

#5 Small changes in your voice or speech pattern

If you or people who are close to you observe any small, unexplained changes in the tone of your voice or a difference in your speech pattern, you should get it checked out immediately.

#4 Difficulty in swallowing

One of the most common signs of mouth cancer is if the patient has a lot of difficulty in swallowing food or water or even saliva. The swallowing will be painful and the person will not be able to swallow anything.

#3 Lumps on your neck

Unexplained and stubborn lumps in your neck can also be one of the most major signs.

#2 Lumps in the mouth

Unexplained and persistent lumps inside the mouth that cause a lot of discomfort and pain.

#1 Mouth ulcers

If you have developed mouth ulcers that are not healing or have not healed for a long time, it may be a sign of mouth cancer.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Destroying the Killer Rice

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Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have destroyed 18,000 tonnes of rice declared to be unfit for human consumption.

This follows tests carried out by the country’s consumer association which had demanded the government to do so after the cargo from Myanmar had been refused entry in Togo, Guinea and Ghana over quality issues.

The national and international quality control tests revealed the unfit nature of the rice.

It should be noted that most African countries depend on imports because local farmers are unable to meet the ever rising demands.

Source: Africanews

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Mali: Donkeys deliver vaccines as diseases spike with violence

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With spiraling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving vaccines, charities said on Wednesday.

In the central Mopti region – where 157 people died in one attack last month – suspected measles cases rose five-fold in one year to 98 in 2018, U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said, due to a four-fold jump in unvaccinated children to 70,000.

Motorcycles, which health workers used to reach remote villages, have been banned to reduce militant activity, forcing them to use traditional means like horses, it said.

“The problem of vaccination is directly linked to the current conflict,” said Patrick Irenge, medical coordinator for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is using cars and boats as mobile clinics to reach cut off communities.

“If there is a lull in the violence, a small window that opens, we organize a vaccination campaign.”

Last month’s massacre was the deadliest to date in a conflict between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders which has displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the West African country since it escalated last year.

Pneumonia is one of the top killers of children in Mali and it can be prevented with vaccines – as can measles – but it is too dangerous for many parents to venture out with children.

“Transport is difficult because we don’t have the means to rent a vehicle or a horse cart,” said Aissata Barry, a 34-year-old mother in the village of Kankelena, about 4 km (2.5 miles) from the nearest health center in the town of Sofara.

“There are rapists on the road. That’s what we’re afraid of,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding that one of her neighbors was raped two weeks ago.

Mamadou Kasse, a local health worker who vaccinated Barry’s children, said the number of children he can reach each day has fallen since he swapped his motorbike for an eight-hour ride in a donkey cart with a cooler full of vaccines.

Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org

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