- Mouth Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
- Symptomatology Mouth Cancer
- Mouth Cancer Screening Assessment and Treatment
Mouth Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
According to statistics of NIDCR (National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research), about 50 % of US patients survive from oral cancer after 5 years.
Stomatologists seek for initial signs of oral cancer while periodical general surveying. However, everyone should know warning signals in order to bring them into your dentist`s view in time.
Symptomatology Mouth Cancer
Areas of oral cancer onset can be various: lips, tongue and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses. Early detection is extremely important here. Therefore, you should visit your dentist, as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms during more than 2 weeks:
- Ulceration, inflations, lumps or a thick patch somewhere in or around your oral cavity or throat;
- Discrete lesions in your oral cavity or lips: they can have red or white color;
- Lumpy throat or the feeling of an object inside your throat;
- Wearing of artificial teeth becomes uncomfortable;
- Numb feeling, pain, delicacy in some area of your moth;
- Pain in ears without hearing loss;
- Chewing, swallowing or speaking problems due to problems with jaws or tongue;
- Falling of teeth without any reason;
- Nagging sore throat or raucity.
Objectively speaking, there are no well-defined reasons of mouth cancer. However, some factors of mode of life can provoke this health disorder. Thus, tobacco in various forms (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco) increases the likelihood of mouth cancer. According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, 90 % of patients with oral cancer are consumers of tobacco. Excessive alcohol drinking increases the likelihood of oral cancer onset as well. And if a person is a consumer of both tobacco and alcohol, this fact makes higher the risk of oral cancer.
Apart from alcohol and tobacco, aging and dietary habits can add risk of oral cancer. Usually, mouth cancer happens in life of people on the shady side of forty. And if their dietary regimen is poor in fruits, vegetables and greens, it can provoke mouth cancer. You should also note, that ultraviolet irradiation can provoke cancer on lips. There is also sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV 16), which can raise risk of oral cancer too.
Mouth Cancer Screening Assessment and Treatment
Mouth cancer checkups by stomatologists are fast, free from pain and extremely important to reveal it in its initial phases. ADA (the American Dental Association) proves that while a standard examination of your teeth, your stomatologist also checks your lips and face. Thus, the specialist can palpate your neck, jaw area, the top and underside of your tongue. It is strongly recommended to have such checkups semi-annually.
If a stomatologist suspects mouth cancer, a biopsy of the area is required. If the suspicions were verified, a surgical attack can be needed. Thus, the damaged area can be treated. The surgical attack is usually accompanied by beam- therapy and chemical therapy.