This is another blog post in a series meant to highlight and raise awareness about oral cancer. Previously, we have gone over why getting regularly screened is so important and identified some common risk factors. Now we are going to talk about the early symptoms and warning signs of oral cancer.
Oral cancer is most common in the anterior, or front portion, of the mouth. This includes the area between the lip and gingiva most commonly affected in those who use chewing tobacco, where the plug usually sits. But oral cancer can appear anywhere throughout the oral cavity. You should be aware of any physical changes, even if they seem normal or harmless.
This is because most signs of oral cancer seem benign. They include red or white patches in mouth tissue and the appearance of small ulcers that look like common canker sores. Other common symptoms are: masses or lumps you can feel in your mouth or neck, loss of feeling in the mouth or face, lasting hoarseness or ear ache, and difficulty or pain while chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Since many of these can be easy to write off initially, you should get anything that persists for more than a couple of weeks examined.
Catching oral cancer early is the best way to ensure the chance for more successful treatment. If you come across any of these or other worrying signs, please contact our dentists here are Sossaman Family Dental. We are dedicated to your complete oral health.