Oral cancer (OC) is not an uncommon cancer, and prevention and early detections is extremely important. Although we do not treat/manage patient with OC, but since OC has a long preclinical phase that consists of well-documented precancerous lesions; its screening is well considered as part of our comprehensive evaluations and care, especially of those age 30 years and older who use tobacco and/or alcohol. Should we find any suspicious clinical finding, a proper referral will be done. Oral cancer is a serious condition that affects various parts of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. It is important to maintain regular dental examinations for early detection and prevention. Oral cancer refers to the abnormal growth of cells in the oral cavity and can manifest as a sore, growth, or discolored patch that does not heal within a few weeks. If left undetected or untreated, oral cancer can spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer: Several factors can increase the risk of developing oral cancer. These include:
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer: Being aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can help with early detection. Look out for the following:
Prevention is key when it comes to oral cancer. Here are some preventive measures you can take:
Remember, early detection is crucial for successful treatment and improved outcomes. Regular dental check-ups and self-examinations can help detect oral cancer in its early stages. If you notice any suspicious changes or have concerns, do not hesitate to book your appointment with us for a consultation.