The panic begins with mouth pain and infections that will not go away. “Is that a spot?” you might wonder aloud. Then, there is a quick search online for pictures of infections. Before you know it, you are worried about the big C: cancer. Before you panic, read on.
There is value to being aware of everything going on in your mouth. Early detection is key in saving your life, so it is prudent to be aware of these signs of oral cancer:
- Mouth/lip sores that will not heal.
- Red or white patches in your mouth.
- Lumps or thickening places in your mouth.
- Rough or crusty areas in your mouth.
- Erosion in your mouth tissue.
- Your teeth are not fitting well together.
- Cough or sore throat that will not go away.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Drastic changes in your voice.
- Lumps in your throat or neck.
Some of these signs (like earaches or difficulty swallowing) are associated with several different illnesses. What makes those signs concerning is seeing those symptoms long after any other illness would have run its course.
The top five signs of oral cancer on this list are both drastic and unsettling. If you are seeing any of these signs of oral cancer, call us right away. We want to set your mind at ease and get you healthy again.
Do not diagnose yourself. Often, the panic associated with the potential for a disease is unwarranted and can negatively impact your health. Remember that we are here to help you. We have both extensive knowledge and excellent technology to tell you what is happening with your mouth and what you should do next.
Whether you are concerned about oral cancer or not, come in for your regular visits. We offer a screening with every cleaning and exam!