Oral cancer has one of the highest fatality rates. Although it is possible to discover and diagnose oral cancer early on, most cases are discovered too late. Additionally, signs and symptoms can be difficult to see. Usually, oral cancer is discovered when cancer has metastasized to a different location. At this late stage, the tumor may have already invaded other body parts.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
Oral cancer has a few signs and symptoms that you must carefully note. These include:
- Sores that do not heal
- Bleeding sores
- A growth or lump on the skin or lining of the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pain in the tongue
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty in chewing
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Sore throat
Individually, these symptoms may suggest other health problems. However, if you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, you need to consult your doctor to determine the actual cause of the problem.
Causes of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer happens when the cells in the mouth or lips undergo changes or mutations in their DNA. These changes facilitate the continuous growth and multiplication of cancer cells. Over time, these mutated cancer cells develop into a tumor which can spread in the mouth or into other body parts.
Who’s at risk for Oral Cancer?
You’re likely to develop oral cancer if you drink heavily, consume tobacco products, have a week immune system, gave HPV, or have excessive sun exposure.
Why You Should Get an Oral Cancer Screening
Identifying the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can be difficult for most individuals. However, visit your local Michigan dentist regularly and undergo your annual oral cancer screening, it is possible to catch oral cancer in the early stages. If oral cancer is detected, you can undergo treatment right away. If you have concerns about oral cancer or think you have oral cancer symptom, contact Dr. Matt Laurich or Dennis Laurich right away or schedule an appointment at one of our dental offices in Canton, MI, Livonia, MI, and Farmington Hills, MI.