How to Recognizethe Signs of Oral Cancer

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Oral cancer can affect different parts of the mouth such as the lips, cheeks, tongue, palate, gums and throat. It is important to detect this early on so that you have a higher chance of success at treatment.

You need to know how to identify

The warning signs for oral cancer so that you know when to visit the dentist. A common early sign of oral cancer is persistent mouth sores that will not heal within two weeks. You can see these sores as lumps, white or red patches or ulcers. These can be found in the mouth and on the lips. Generally, mouth sores tend to be quite benign and will resolve on their own but if this goes on beyond two weeks, it is best to have it evaluated by a dentist. There can be an underlying condition that causes them. Also, going for routine dental check-ups once every six months will help in early detection as well. Your dentist will be able to spot the signs even without any pain or discomfort on your part. Unexplained oral bleeding is another warning sign. If this is something that occurs spontaneously or persists even after practicing good oral hygiene, it is important to determine what the underlying cause it. The bleeding can be from the tongue, cheeks, gums or any other oral tissues and you will also experience swelling, tenderness or pain with it.

Sometimes you may experience a change in your oral sensation.

This can be pain in your lips or mouth, tingling or numbness. Your cheeks, lips, tongue and gums can be affected by these changes affecting the way you swallow, speak or chew. If these changes are persistent, it is best to consult with a dentist. Another symptom of oral cancer is difficulty swallowing or chewing. These symptoms can be accompanied by throat pain or the sensation of having a lump in your throat. You may also experience hoarseness. This can be due to a presence of a growth or tumour in your throat or mouth. A thorough evaluation has to be conducted if you experience these symptoms so that you receive immediate treatment.

If there is a change in your speech

Or voice like difficulty in articulating words, hoarseness or if you are experiencing a persistent sore throat, this can be a sign of oral cancer. These changes indicate that the underlying cause is involved with your throat, vocal cords or other mouth structures. If you notice a persistent lump or swelling in your neck, mouth or throat, this can be a warning sign as well. It is more concerning if they are gradually increasing in size. Even if it is a painless lump, you need to have it checked by a dentist. You can palpate the lumps during self-examination. Your dentist will demonstrate how to carry out a self-examination in order to spot early signs of oral issues. Sometimes the swelling can even be visible in the neck or oral area.