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8 Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer rates are increasing. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Unfortunately, this type of cancer has a high mortality rate as it is regularly found late in its development. Fortunately, it has been found that early detection has led to successful treatment. Therefore, many dentists have developed oral cancer screening into a routine six-month visit.

Oral cancers include mouth and pharynx cancers. Usually the people at risk for this type of cancer are those who smoke, use chewing tobacco, and drink alcohol. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, "using tobacco plus alcohol poses a greater risk than using either substance alone." Other risk factors include exposure to the HPV16 virus, age, sun exposure and diet.

When you go for your routine dental checkup, your dentist or hygienist may run a painless test. During the examination, your dentist or hygienist will examine your face, neck, lips, and mouth for possible signs of cancer. Because dental visits are recommended to occur twice a year, this is the perfect time to get this exam and answer your questions about this type of cancer.

However, there are eight symptoms that everyone should know about. Please note that if you suspect any problems, please make an appointment with your dentist or doctor immediately. These symptoms include:

1.] Pain, irritation, lumps, or thoughts in the mouth, lips, or throat

2.] White or red patch on your mouth

3.] A feeling that something is caught in your throat

4.] Difficulty eating or swallowing

5.] Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue

6.] Feel in the tongue or other area in your mouth

7.] The swelling in your jaw that causes the tooth to look bad or uncomfortable

8.] Pain in one ear without hearing loss

One of the real dangers of oral cancer is that in the early stages it is often unknowable. In fact, as these cells grow and grow, you may not experience any pain or symptoms. Therefore, it is important that you have a regular checkup with your dentist or trained doctor to see this abnormality in their early stages. As mentioned earlier, when caught early, oral cancer is highly treated. Don't neglect your routine dental visit because you never know if you might have serious problems that can be treated if you are diagnosed at an early stage.



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