What is Oral Cancer and What Symptoms Do You Get?
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month so we thought it was opportune to discuss oral cancer as many people know very little about it but it is actually more common than you may think.
In Australia, every day, at least three Australians are being diagnosed with oral cancer. Survival rates for oral cancer remain low despite advances in treatment and this can be attributed to late detection.
Being able to recognise the risk factors and signs of oral cancer is vital for early detection leading to better prognosis and outcomes.
What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancers, also known as head and neck cancers, happen when there is an uncontrolled reproduction of abnormal cells. These cells become cancers that can form on the throat, tongue and various places inside the mouth and neck.
Head and neck cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.
Upon early detection most oral cancers can be treated. It is when we disregard tell-tale signs or neglect our mouths and do not attend regular check-ups that we can run in to some trouble.
What are the Signs of Oral Cancer?
Here is a checklist of symptoms and signs that can indicate oral cancer. Please visit your Dentist or GP if you have or are experiencing any of these.
- pain in the mouth, upper teeth, throat, neck, face or chin
- a lump or sore that does not go away
- bleeding in the mouth or through the nose
- white or red patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
- difficulty or pain when swallowing or chewing
- changes in the voice, such as hoarseness
- pain, pressure or ringing in the ears, or problems hearing
- blocked or chronically infected sinuses
- swelling under the chin or in the jaw
- numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face
- a cough that does not go away
- trouble breathing or speaking
- coughing up blood
- swelling or other problems with the eyes, such as double vision
- decreased sense of smell
If you are experiencing any of the above, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Book now to schedule your appointment, call 08 8232 3280 or book an Oral Cancer screening appointment online.
Should you be concerned about your risk factors for Oral Cancer you can book an Oral Cancer screening appointment online with Dental Care Professionals.
The dental team at Dental Care Professionals conduct regular oral cancer screening on their patients; at the Adelaide and Brighton clinics.
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