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Early Warning Signs of Oral Cancer - Mouth Cancer

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Oral cancer has a high survival rate in scenarios where it can be caught early, which is why 1 Health Medical Centre pledges to monitor our patients for any signs related to oral cancer at each routine exam.

Oral Cancer Exams

With every routine dental examination, we carry out a soft tissue inspection as well in order to look for any symptoms or signs of oral cancer. In the course of these soft tissue exams, we check for abnormalities or lumps that could also be a sign of something more. In the middle of exams, and particularly if you’re a high-risk patient (those who chew tobacco, are a smoker, or have a family history of oral cancer), you can also perform exams by yourself to look for signs of oral cancer. In order to do this, simply make use of a light to have a look around your mouth and check for any of the below discussed symptoms. You can also check for any abnormal lumps around your neck area and jawbone. If you do happen to find an area of concern, make sure to book an appointment with our dentist right away to have it examined further.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Signs of oral cancer could include:

● Grey or white patches on the inner side of the cheek and also near the throat

● Lumps around the neck area and jawbone

● Growths on the roof of the mouth, gums and lips.

● Grey or white patches around and under the tongue

Monitoring for Oral Cancer

A while ago, when our dentist was performing an examination on a patient, signs of oral cancer were detected. The patient was later diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, as we had luckily diagnosed it early and was sent to our oral surgeon for care and because of quick action the patient recovered fully. This is just one instance of how regularly examining our patients for symptoms and signs of oral cancer may help keep them healthy, and even save lives down the line.

It’s also crucial to share the medical history of your family with your dentist, as individuals with a family history of oral cancer are at a higher risk themselves. You could also be at higher risk if you chew tobacco, or are a smoker.

By visiting our dentist at 1 Health Medical Centre for regular exams along with some self-monitoring between appointments, you can protect yourself, and we could do our part in helping catch oral cancer before it gets too serious. If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, or if you’ve never had one done before, schedule an appointment or call (+91 9562090606 ) to speak with one of our dentists!

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