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What We Do if We Suspect Oral Cancer

Posted on 9/25/2018 by Celeste Tom
What We Do if We Suspect Oral Cancer The word cancer is terrifying, but when we talk about oral cancer, the unknown can be extremely upsetting. Oral cancer is not one of the most commonly talked about forms of this disease, and unfortunately, many people don't know what they should look for to detect oral cancer. According to data from the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately, 50,000 Americans had oral cancer in 2017. Of the newly diagnosed individuals, 57-percent will not survive for more than 5-years. Unfortunately, the death rates for oral cancer are higher than those of other cancers we hear about regularly, but there is a lack of education which prevents a person from detecting the disease.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Just like with breast cancer, regular professional checkups and self-examinations can help catch oral cancer early. You should be looking at the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat, and neck for signs of the disease. These are some signs of oral cancer:
•  White or red patches that don'
•  t go away after a couple of weeks
•  Swelling in the lips or gums
•  Bleeding in the mouth
•  Persistent sore or hoarse throat that isn'
•  t related to a cold
•  Feeling like something is stuck in the back of the throat
•  Soreness in the jaw that makes it difficult to chew, speak or eat
•  Pain in the neck or face
•  Earaches
•  Changes in the bite
•  Changes in how a denture fit
•  Weight loss
If you have any of these symptoms, call us immediately. Once we examine you, the first thing we will do is to perform a biopsy to determine if a suspicious area is cancer. If the disease is present, it will be treated the same way other forms of cancer are treated. Surgery to remove cancerous cells, radiation, and chemotherapy are the usual treatment methods. To prevent oral cancer, it is crucial that you conduct self-examinations once a month. We can show you how to do this at home, so please, if you have concerns about oral cancer don't hesitate to ask.

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