Never Ignore Unusual Oral Symptom

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Oral cancer is on the rise and, of all major cancers, has the worse five-year survival rate … only 54%. The death rate of oral cancer is higher than cervical cancer or melanoma. It is the seventh most common cancer among males with incidence and mortality rates almost three times higher for men than women.

Oral cancer includes cancer of the tongue, lip, palate, floor of the mouth, gum tissue, and oropharynx. Most lesions grow slowly; however, some double in size within a few days or a week. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer is in the best interest of your health. These include:
• A sore in the mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal
• Pain, burning sensation, or numbness in the tongue or other areas in the mouth
• Change in texture of the tongue
• Sore throat or feeling there is something stuck in the throat
• Change in voice or hoarseness
• White or red patch on tongue, gums, or tonsil
• Browning discoloration that borders the lip
• Lump, ulcer, or swelling of jaw, neck, or oral tissues
• Thickening of soft oral tissues of the mouth

Early detection is vital, with survival rates as high as 81%. Late intervention has an average survival rate of 17% or less. Most dental check-ups include an annual examination for signs of oral cancer. The screening process is painless and takes only minutes.

React quickly to any symptoms by calling (828) 274-9440 for an examination.

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