What Are The Signs of Cancer in The Mouth?

Oral Cancer

This allows for early detection and treatment, which significantly increases the chances of success. Continue reading to learn more about the signs of cancer in the mouth.

Where Can Oral Cancer Occur?

Oral cancer can occur in any of the following areas within the mouth:

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can be caused by a number of different things. The most common causes of oral cancer include:

Signs to Look For

Oral cancer can be identified by an irritable or painful red or white patch that has an almost velvety feel to the touch inside the mouth. This is known as erythroleukoplakia, and can be a sign of squamous cell carcinoma.

Oral cancer can also be identified by:

How is Oral Cancer Treated?

Once oral cancer has been identified, it is crucial to begin treatment as soon as possible in order to ensure the greatest chance of success.

Depending on the progression and location of the cancer growth, it will be treated either with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of all three treatments. In most cases, surgery will be done in order to remove the growth from the mouth. Your dentist will then decide if you will need chemotherapy or radiation treatment in order to ensure that the cancerous cells are completely removed.

How Can I Avoid Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can be avoided by following the guidelines below:

If you have a genetic predisposition for oral cancer, it is especially important to ensure that you are receiving regular and thorough oral cancer evaluations. To get scheduled for an examination or to learn more about oral cancer, give us a call at (408) 227-6000.

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