Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth, which most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the:
Most mouth cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas. These tend to spread quickly.
Other factors that may increase the risk for oral cancer include:
Some mouth cancers begin as a white plaque (leukoplakia) or as a mouth ulcer.
Men get oral cancer twice as often as women do, particularly men older than 40.
Symptoms of Mouth Cancer
Sore, lump, or ulcer in the mouth:
Other symptoms that may occur with oral cancer include:
Signs and tests for Mouth Cancer
Your doctor and/or dentist will examine your mouth area. The exam may show:
Surgery to remove a tumour is usually recommended if a tumour is small enough. Surgery may be used together with radiation therapy and chemotherapy for larger tumours. Surgery is not commonly done if cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the neck.
Other treatments may include speech therapy or other therapy to improve movement, chewing, swallowing, and speech.
You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group of people who share common experiences and problems.
Approximately half of the people with oral cancer will live more than 5 years after they are diagnosed and treated.
If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to other tissues, the cure rate is nearly 90%.
However, more than half of mouth cancers have already spread when the cancer is detected. Most have spread to the throat or neck.
About 1 in 4 persons with mouth or throat cancer die because of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
Calling your health care provider
Oral cancer may be discovered when the dentist performs a routine cleaning and examination.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have a sore in your mouth or lip or a lump in the neck that does not go away within 1 month. Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer greatly increase the chances of survival.
Every dental check up at Evolve Dental Kenmore dentist involves a through mouth cancer screening using the latest technology in oral cancer screening.
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