You may have heard of how cancer affects different parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. Apart from this, you also need to know how cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease tends to affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. Cancer is termed as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue.
Oral cancer is one such life-threatening condition that begins as growth or soreness in the mouth, which does not tend to go away. It includes cancers of the tongue, cheeks, lips, mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. It can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Hence, you need to visit the best dentist in Mumbai to get your condition treated.
- Symptoms of oral cancer
There are multiple dental cancer symptoms that can help identify the onset of the disease at the earliest.
- Sometimes there are thickenings, lumps or bumps, or eroded areas on the lips, gums, and mouth
- The growth of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
- Excessive bleeding in the mouth
- Tenacious sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks
- A soreness or feeling that something is stuck in the throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
- Unexplained numbness, pain/tenderness, loss of feeling, in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
- Hoarseness, change in voice, chronic sore throat
- Ear pain
- A change in the pattern that your teeth or dentures fit together
- Who is at risk of oral cancer
Those who tend to smoke excessively are primarily at a higher likelihood of developing oral cancer. Those who do not smoke yet consume tobacco tend to develop oral cancer. Such people tend to dip, snuff, or chew tobacco products that can lead to cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips. Sometimes, the excessive consumption of alcohol leads to the development of oral cancers. There are also a few HPV strains that are etiologic risk factors for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC). Cancer dentistry is a must for those who suffer from oral medical problems.
- How is it diagnosed
At Dentzz we suggest an oral brush biopsy if we spot any ulcers in your mouth that look suspicious. The test is painless and tends to involve various small samples and tissues that tend to analyse it for abnormal cells. Alternatively, if the tissue looks suspicious, a scalpel biopsy may be required. The procedure may require local anaesthesia and will be performed by us.
Visit Dentzz dental today and get tested by our skilled dentists to detect signs of oral cancer and learn ways to keep it at bay.