What Is Oral Cancer?
A growth or sore in the mouth or throat that doesn’t go away over time may be a sign of oral cancer. Symptoms may include:
- Red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue
- Swelling or thickening around the mouth
- Sores around the face that don’t heal
- Sore throat
- Change in the way any dental appliances that you use fit.
What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Screenings may consist of the following:
- An overview of your oral and overall health histories
- A detailed visual inspection of all aspects of your mouth
- A check for suspicious lumps around your mouth, jaw, and neck
- Completion of a biopsy, if deemed necessary.
How often should I be screened for oral cancer?
Every routine dental visit.
How do you treat oral cancer?
If you are diagnosed with cancer, you will be referred to a specialist who will treat your condition with a removal of the growth and chemotherapy treatment.