When it comes down to it, nothing is quite as scary as hearing that either you or a loved one are suffering from the “C word.” Cancer affects millions of people’s lives each year and can suddenly take your everyday life and turn it into something a bit more terrifying and temporary. If you either smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, you are more prone to developing many type sof cancer, including oral cancers. Oral cancer can develop throughout your mouth including the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, teeth, bottom of the mouth, and the roof of the mouth. If you think that you may have oral cancer, read on to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments.
Signs and Symptoms
When it comes to cancer, especially oral cancer, it can be challenging to decipher between cancerous symptoms and symptoms that are a bit more generic. For instance, many patients mistake their cancer symptoms for that either of a toothache, canker sore, or even a cold. If you have one of these that persists for longer than a week and isn’t showing any sign of improvement, either visit your primary care provider or Dr. Leslie H. Sultan.
Other symptoms of oral cancer include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Mouth sores
- Persistent pain in the mouth
- A lump in the cheek
- White or red patches throughout the mouth
- Sore throat
- Loose Teeth
- Lump in the Throat
- Swollen jaw
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving jaw or tongue
Treatment and Diagnosis
In order to be fully diagnosed with oral cancer, you need to first make an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan. During your appointment, you will be evaluated for all signs of oral cancer and symptoms. If it is deemed that you may in fact have oral cancer, you will be sent to an oncologist and will likely have a biopsy done. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, medication, and close observation.
If you are a chronic tobacco user or if you are suspicious that you may have oral cancer, don’t wait a minute longer and schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan.