What is oral cancer?
Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade the surrounding tissue and cause damage. Oral cancer can occur in the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, cheeks, sinuses, hard and soft palate, and throat. If not found and treated early, oral cancer can be life-threatening.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
We urge you to visit Preferred Dental if any of the following symptoms last for more than two weeks, as early detection is crucial:
– Lumps, sores, or swellings in or around your throat or mouth
– The sensation that there is a lump or object stuck in your throat
– Pain in the ears
– Tenderness, pain, or numbness in the mouth or tongue
– Loose teeth without an explanation
– Trouble moving your tongue or jaw
– Issues with chewing, swallowing, or speaking
– Hoarseness or sore throat that won’t go away
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, studies show. In addition, men who are over 50 years old face an even greater risk. Other risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
– Smoking or using smokeless tobacco products
– Excessive alcohol drinking
– Family history of cancer
– Too much exposure to the sun
How is oral cancer diagnosed?
During your regular dental checkups, Dr. Amirhassan will perform an oral cancer screening. Your lips, mouth, and face will be visually checked for sores or discolored tissues. Our dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular changes in your neck, face, had, and oral cavity. If a suspicious area is detected, a biopsy (examination of tissues) may be performed.
We welcome you to contact our dental office at 707-544-8338 today to learn more about screening for oral cancer in Santa Rosa, California, and to schedule your next dental cleaning appointment.