Many people never consider that they could develop oral cancer. While other types of cancer—such as skin cancer, bone cancer, and so on—receive a great deal of attention, oral cancer is frequently never discussed on the news or in medical journals.
Nevertheless, it is vital for you to pay close attention to your mouth, and be sure to talk with us if you suspect oral cancer. Here are some of the more common signs that you may want to keep an eye out for.
Probably the most common symptom of oral cancer is a sore or a discolored patch on the gum, cheek, or palate. If you see something that wasn’t there—especially if it is a sore that bleeds easily or doesn’t seem to be healing—be sure to mention it to us the next time you come see us.
Another possible sign of oral cancer is a feeling like you have something stuck in the back of your throat. If you are frequently clearing your throat, yet it still feels as though something is there, it may be a sign of a cancerous growth.
Likewise, if your throat is hoarse for a long time and shows no signs of improvement, it could be due to a tumor in the throat. Finally, as sore throat that persists for a long time may be cause for concern.
If you think you may have oral cancer, you need to tell us right away. We will closely inspect you and determine whether it is cancer, or something else. Although it’s a scary thought, ignoring it will not make it go away, and if we find the cancer in time, treatment is usually fairly simple.
At Dest Family Dentistry, we are here for you, so call us today.