Oral Cancer- An unknown mystery

Posted on November 7, 2015 by cudjoecb@yahoo.com
Cancer is an excessive growth of cells that damage surrounded tissues. Oral cancer is a type of cancer which can grow in any part of mouth including gums, lips, palate or under the tongue and throat. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer are heavy and regular use of tobacco and alcohol. Human papilloma virus (HPV) can also cause oral cancer. High exposure to sunlight on lips can also be a risk factor for oral cancer. Oral cancer can be dangerous to your life if it is not diagnosed at an early stage. General symptoms of oral cancer are:
• Ulcer or patches in your mouth that do not heal within 3 weeks.
• Numbness in tongue, jaw or any other part of mouth.
• Unusual bleeding in mouth.
• Lump and swelling in mouth.
• Pain while chewing or swallowing.
• Change in voice and weight loss.
If you observe any of these symptoms, then you should visit your dentist. There are good chances of curing oral cancer at the first stage. Your dentist examines you during regular checkup and if some symptoms are diagnosed, then your dentist can refer you for further tests like mouth and throat examination, x-ray, biopsy, endoscopy etc.