What Do I Do If I Have Oral Cancer?
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
So many things can influence your specific risk of developing oral cancer, like your age or how often you use tobacco products. We know that the word “cancer” can be a little scary, but that doesn’t mean that we should avoid discussing it. After all, understanding what increases your risk of oral cancer and what to look for can help you lower your risk of developing oral cancer or increase your chance of finding it early on.
Keep reading to learn about oral cancer, who is most susceptible for it, and what to look for when you perform at-home oral cancer screenings.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. If you’re male, for example, then your chances of developing oral cancer can be up to twice as much as a female. Also, your chance of developing cancer increases after you reach the age of 55. Ultimately, one of the biggest risk factors when it comes to oral cancer is tobacco use, so if you smoke or chew tobacco regularly, then you should be especially vigilant in checking for signs of cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Understanding what to look for is key when you perform at-home cancer screenings. Like other types of cancer, oral cancer can exhibit itself in strange ways that might not occur to us at first. Look for any of the below issues, and call us if you experience any of them.
- Pain in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Changes in your voice
- Sores in the mouth that do not heal
- Numbness of the tongue or any other part of the mouth
- Consistent bad breath
- A lump in your cheek
- Increased difficulty eating, swallowing, or chewing
- Loose teeth
What happens if my dentist finds oral cancer?
Depending on your unique situation, your dentist may recommend medication, radiation, or surgery to resolve your cancer. Your dentist will consult with you about your options and recommend the treatment that best suits your needs.
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