Oral Cancer Screening
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) this is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological issue. The most serious of these is oral cancer.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer:
The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic issue or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening on the skin (mucosa) lining the inside of the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, tongue, soft and hard palates, gum tissue around the teeth, or face/neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
How Often Should I be Screened:
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.
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