A cancer that starts in the tissues of the mouth or throat is called oral cancer. Your lips, throat, tongue, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, and sinuses are all included in this region. The good news is that oral cancer is one of the cancers that can be prevented the easiest. Patients should take any indications of oral cancer carefully, though. Read more about it below.
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At our clinic, we screen for early signs during regular check ups, but it is important for patients to recognize possible symptoms and report them to the dentist as soon as possible. Oral cancer symptoms can be mistaken for other problems, so if you have any concerns make sure to tell the dentist. Often, these symptoms will persist for a sustained amount of time.
About 75% of people who develop oral cancer have the following habits:
It’s important to note that 25% of people who develop oral cancer don’t smoke or have other known risk factors.
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Oral cancer has several signs and symptoms that may be mistaken for common problems or changes in your mouth. For example, you may notice patches inside of your mouth that you can’t scrape away. These patches may be pre-cancerous conditions.
These conditions all appear as patches in your mouth and throat, but they’re different colors. Here’s more information:
The good news is that there is an 80–90% survival rate for oral cancer if it is found in its early stages3. If you’re at all concerned, it’s better to be cautious than sorry because, regrettably, that rate decreases the later the cancer is discovered. It’s crucial that you arrange appointments with us and that you get expert assistance if you notice any red flags.
Surgery may be the first stage of treatment in some cases, albeit every situation is unique. After that, the course of treatment may involve pharmacological and physical therapy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. It will mostly rely on where the oral cancer is located and how far along it is.
Dental exams are crucial for the detection and treatment of the issue because they are non-invasive, in contrast to many other cancer screening methods. Our painless oral cancer check includes a quick and easy oral cavity screening that includes more than just your teeth. Additionally, we will examine your dental x-rays for anomalies and evaluate your mouth for white spots, red patches, ulcerations, lumps, and loose teeth. Another reason to strive for routine dental check-ups is that your dentist might be the first to recognise the symptoms of this condition.
Visit your dentist to have it checked if you detect anything strange or out of place in your mouth. Even if it turns out that there is nothing to be concerned about, your dentist will always treat your worries carefully. Contact your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:
Cancers of the mouth are among the most preventable types of cancers. The number one thing you can do to prevent oral cancer is to never start smoking, or quit smoking if you currently do.
You can also reduce your risk by:
While it’s impossible to fully prevent oral cancer, taking these steps can help reduce your chances of diagnosis. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help ensure any signs of oral cancer are identified as early as possible.
You should schedule a dental consultation as soon as possible if you believe you may be affected after reading about the symptoms and causes.
Talk to our dental professionals about any worries you may have. We can refer you to an Oral and Maxillofacial Specialist or oral pathologist. A biopsy would then be performed by a surgeon to determine whether oral cancer was present; this procedure can take a few days but will provide you with a definitive answer. The precise size and location of the tumour can sometimes be better determined with a CT (or “cat”) scan.
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