Cancer is one of those diseases that strikes fear into many of us. Because of that, we will sometimes get questions about oral cancer during normal examinations, which often include an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer, like many other types of cancer, is best treated when it’s found early. We can cut down on the risk of complications and extreme treatments when cancer found smaller and more contained. That being said, educate yourself about oral cancer today and how you can identify it between oral cancer screenings with Dr. Sultan.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Anyone can be at risk for oral cancer, though chances of developing oral cancer increase with certain factors, such as age. If you’re above the age of 55 and male, for example, the chance of you getting oral cancer is higher than if you’re under the age of 55 and female. Chances of developing oral cancer also increase if you smoke, chew tobacco, or drink alcoholic beverages heavily. Alternatively, there have been some links between poor nutrition and increased exposure to UV rays with increased risk of oral cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
There are many signs of oral cancer that you may notice on yourself or others. If you experience or notice any of the below signs, please call Dr. Sultan to schedule a consultation.
- Sore(s) in the mouth that do not heal after days or weeks
- Pain in the mouth
- A lump in your cheek
- Increased difficulty eating, swallowing, or chewing
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Changes in your voice (that aren’t related to puberty)
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing, flossing, or mouthwash use
What happens if my doctor finds oral cancer?
Depending on the severity of your issue, Dr. Sultan may recommend one of a few options. Medication, radiation, or surgery may be recommended, and Dr. Sultan will consult with you about all of your options and which might best work for you.