Posted on 1/20/2020 by Dr. Shaun Rai
|Cancer is one of the most horrifying words out there. We don't blame you for not wanting to hear it. However, the best way to eliminate as much risk from cancer as possible is to be aware of the warning signs of cancer. Here is some information about the warning signs of oral cancer.
Nearly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and nearly 10,000 die. Unlike other cancers, oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages because it is painless. Once you begin to feel pain from oral cancer, it can be very difficult to treat.
Signs of Oral Cancer
The most common signs of oral cancer are a spot or a lump in your mouth. These spots and bumps are painless and may look like a regular mouth sore. However, if they are regular mouth sores, they will disappear in under two weeks, while cancer will not.
There are other signs of cancer you may need to check yourself for. If you have red or white patches in your mouth that don't go away, you need to let us know. You may also notice pain or tenderness in an area of your mouth, your jaw or even your lips and tongue.
Some people experience the strange symptom of not being able to close their mouth the way they have in the past. They may feel like there is something blocking their bite. Also, you might have trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking. All of these lesser known signs could be an indication you have cancer in your mouth.
If you suspect that you have cancer, don't hesitate to call us right away. We have methods to test for oral cancer. The sooner we find the cancer, the sooner we can treat it.