What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
In 2021, it is estimated that roughly 54,000 people in America will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer. Oral cancer develops within the mouth or throat tissues but may also develop in other areas such as the tongue, tonsils, and gums. According to the American Cancer Society, men are two times more likely to battle oral cancer than women are. Thankfully, the fatality rate of this cancer has decreased due to proper treatment and early diagnoses. Pay close attention to any sudden or unusual changes in the mouth to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed.
Identify the Symptoms
Like other types of cancer, the symptoms of oral cancer can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms that people with oral cancer tend to experience are constant mouth pain and oral sores. The other signs that individuals should look out for are:
- Red patches on the gums and tonsils
- Difficulty swallowing
- Neck Swelling
- A lump in your cheek
- Trouble moving your jaw
- Weight loss
If any changes in the mouth need immediate attention, please contact your doctor or dentist as soon as possible.
How to Minimize the Risk of Oral Cancer
Luckily, oral cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer that there is today. While there isn’t a definitive way to prevent this type of cancer from occurring, there are ways that individuals can minimize their risk of developing it. A few preventions that an individual can make to reduce risk include:
- Stopping smoking right away (if applicable)
- Practicing good oral hygiene
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Cleaning dentures routinely (if applicable)
- Drinking alcohol in moderation (if applicable)
Cancer Screenings at Rockwall Oral Surgery
At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we offer oral pathology and oral cancer screenings. We understand that finding out there may be a problem can be terrifying, which is why we are here to help ease your mind. Allow us to use our knowledge and experience to take the necessary steps in your oral health journey.
In addition, if you find that you’re in need of oral surgery, please call Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery. You can reach us at (469) 264-8921 to make an appointment. You can also visit our contact page or reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our in-office services.