Oral Cancer Screening

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is rarely spoken about despite the fact that it is relatively common. When classifying this type of cancer, it is divided into two categories: oral cavity cancer and oropharynx cancer.

Oral cavity cancer is any cancer that occurs on the lips, the inside of the lips, the cheeks, the gums, the front two-thirds of the tongue, and the floor and roof of the mouth. Oropharynx cancer is any cancer that occurs in the middle region of the throat, including the back third of the tongue, the throat tissues, and the tonsils.

When caught and treated early, chances of survival are good.

  • A sore that does not heal
  • Irritation that does not go away
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness of the mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
  • A sore throat
  • The feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Numbness of the throat
  • Hoarseness of the voice

While finding out can be scary, early detection is vital. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, schedule your consultation today.


 

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