Oral cancers can occur on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, palate, and throat (pharynx). Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common oral cancer. If not recognised and treated promptly, it can be fatal. Oral cancer must be treated early to improve survival and reduce long-term consequences.
Symptoms of the oral cancer include:
The risk factors for the development of mouth cancer include:
Oral cancer treatment is similar to other types of cancer treatment. Following surgery to remove the abnormal growth, depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer, radiation therapy may be used to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
Oral cancer is thought to begin when the DNA in your mouth’s cells is destroyed. However, some of the factors that can reduce the risk of oral cancer include:
If you have any recurring signs and symptoms that are concerning and persist for more than two weeks, it is recommended to visit a doctor.
To consult an Oral Medicine Specialist regarding oral cancer lesions, ask your doctor or dentist to refer you to TeleOralMedicine.