A cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest diagnoses to receive from the doctor or dentist. Even with all the research and advancement in treatment options, cancer still has a high death rate all across the world. Knowing the signs and symptoms of oral cancer is important and can save your life.
While some of the signs of oral cancer are obvious, the earliest signs of oral cancer may be mistaken for other problems, such as a cold or a toothache. Mysterious symptoms that are persistent need to be checked out. Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells in the mouth and oral tissues. It often arises as a primary lesion originating inside the mouth, but it can also originate by extension from a neighboring anatomic structure such as the sinuses and nasal cavity. Oral cancer commonly involves the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, gums, cheeks, or throat.
Knowing the signs of oral cancer can help you receive a diagnosis as soon as possible to help ensure that any treatment is as effective as possible. Common signs include:
- A persistent sore inside the mouth that does not heal
- A lump or bump inside the mouth
- The thickening of the cheek tissue
- Persistent, unexplained mouth pain
- Persistent sore throat
- Feeling like something is caught in the throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Numbness of the lips, tongue, or elsewhere inside the mouth
- Chronic hoarseness or a change in voice
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Loosening of the natural teeth
- Soreness or stiffness in the jaw
- Persistent bad breath
- Ear pain
- Weight loss
Many of the signs of oral cancer may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. However, an accurate diagnosis can save your life. If you notice any changes in your oral health please call Taylor Dental & Implant Center today.
Posted on Behalf of Taylor Dental & Implant Center