Saturday, January 26, 2013

Common Signs of Oral Cancer

I was reading a research paper written on oral cancer recently. As most of you probably know, I'm very passionate about the subject. We perform an oral cancer screening at every routine hygiene visit in my office. I also try to include information on screening & screening devices in many of my lectures.

What I read recently was a listing of things for patients to look for/be aware of and I wanted to pass them along:

Common signs of oral/pharyngeal cancer include:

A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks
A lump or thickening in the cheek
A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils or lining of the mouth
A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Chronic hoarseness

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, please visit a dentist and have it checked out. Better to be safe than sorry!


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