Oral cancer is on a high rise in America and spreading quickly throughout the world. Every year there are thousands of new cases being reported. The public discussion of oral cancer is pale in comparison to other cancers, although oral cancer is causing more deaths than other cancers every year in America. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testes cancer, thyroid cancer, or skin cancer. Oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth, including lips, tongue, throat, and roof of the mouth, and any other part of the mouth. We must educate ourselves on oral cancer because of its high death rate, which has in part to do with late detection of the development of the cancer and the spreading of the cancer cells. Oral cancer has its symptoms, but often it is looked over by people who mistake these symptoms for other things. Following are several examples of Oral cancer symptoms that you need to pay close attention to.
- White or red patches in your mouth
- Mouth sore or sores that won’t heal
- Bleeding in your mouth
- Problems or pain with swallowing
- Tongue pain
- Persistent ear ache
If you have any of these symptoms and they have lasted or haven’t healed after two weeks, contact a professional who does oral cancer screenings. Our dentist provides oral cancer screenings in a quick, painless, and effective way. Early detection of oral cancer is very crucial, don’t wait, and please get a screening if you have had any of these symptoms that have been long lasting.