What are the signs of Oral Cancer?|Detroit Dentist

added on: December 8, 2009

Oral cancer includes cancer of the tongue, lip, palate, gum tissue, andoropharynx.

Of all major cancers, it has the worst five-year survival rate…only 54%, and is the 7th most common cancer among males. Most lesions grow slowly; however, some double in size within a few days or a week.

WARNING SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER ARE:

* A sore in the mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal.* Pain, burning sensation, or numbness in the tongue or other areas in the mouth* Change in texture of the mouth* Sore throat or feeling there is something stuck in the throat* Change in voice or hoarseness* White or red patch on tongue, gums, or tonsil* Brown color bordering the lip* Lump, ulcer, or swelling of jaw, neck, or oral tissues* Thickening of soft oral tissuesEarly detection is vital, with survival rates as high as 81%. Late intervention is 17% or less. Most dental check-ups include an oral cancer screening. The process is painless and takes minutes. Don’t wait until it is too late. Visit our team in our Michigan Cosmetic Dental Office for more details.