If you’re concerned about the risk of oral cancer, there is one thing you should consider halting immediately. Using chewing tobacco or cigarettes on a regular basis is been linked to higher rates oral cancer. And this type of cancer is often focused on the interior of the mouth, so it could be harder to identify. If you use tobacco products regularly, you should consider performing an oral cancer check around once a month. Your dentist should perform an oral cancer screening during every check-up, too. Keep reading to learn about oral cancer and what to look for when looking for signs and symptoms.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
The truth is, some people are more at risk of developing oral cancer, but anyone can develop oral cancer. So, it’s important to receive regular cancer screenings even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life.
If you are male, the chance that you will get oral cancer are much higher than if you are female. Also, the chances of developing oral cancer increase as you age. If you are above the age of 55, then you are also at an increased risk of developing oral cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Make sure to keep track of any changes in your mouth, like:
- A lump in the cheek
- Increased difficulty eating
- Loose teeth
- Sore(s) in your mouth that do not heal
- Pain in the mouth
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Changes in your voice
- Weight loss
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
What happens if my doctor finds oral cancer?
Treatment for oral cancer will vary depending on your specific situation. Medication, radiation, or surgery may be recommended, though your dentist will work with you and talk through the options that may work best.
If you have a higher risk for oral cancer, consider performing monthly checks to keep track of any changes in your mouth. If you do notice changes, please call us right away at (480) 834-6991 to schedule a consultation. There are treatment options to help get you back to normal.