Posted on 5/15/2019 by Rodney Rastegar
|No one wants to hear that they have any type of cancer. It is a frightening thought that most people would rather not have to hear. The best way to battle cancer is to catch it in its earliest stages. The sooner you realize you have cancer, the sooner you can treat it and the easier it is to put into remission. Oral cancer is a problem that affects many people. If you want to catch oral cancer early, you need to recognize the signs. That can help you get the treatment you need sooner.
Where Oral Cancer OccursCancer can happen anywhere in the body. Oral cancer typically occurs in the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth or the floor of the mouth. It is possible for oral cancer to spread to other parts of the mouth and body.
There are many different causes for oral cancer. Genetics plays a role, but people who engage in risky behaviors can increase their risk. Smoking, smokeless tobacco, exposure to the sun and STDs all increase the chance of developing oral cancer. The best way to avoid the problems of oral cancer is to catch it early.
Signs to Watch For
To catch oral cancer in the early stages, it is important to know the signs. If a person engages in any of the things that increase the risk of oral cancer, they should take more care to watch for the signs. The signs of oral cancer include a sore on the mouth or lips that does not heal, white or reddish spots inside of the mouth or a growth or lump inside the mouth. A loose tooth, pain in the mouth or ear and difficulty swallowing are other signs.
Seeing the signs of oral cancer does not mean you have oral cancer. It does mean you need to get it checked out to find out if there is a problem or not.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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