We want to help spread awareness by sharing some helpful facts, symptoms, and risks of oral cancer. It is estimated that almost 60,000 adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer annually (American Dental Association). Oral cancer can be particularly dangerous because it is often caught too late. Given this, it is important to have regular dental exam, X-rays, and consultations to make sure your mouth is healthy!
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, some of the symptoms and early signs of oral cancer are:
- Any sore or ulceration that does not heal within 14 days.
- A red, white, or black discoloration of the soft tissues of the mouth.
- A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually the border of the tongue.
- A lump or thickening that develops in the mouth.
- A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your dentist. If you haven’t dental exam, X-rays, and consultation recently, Oral Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to come in! Call now to schedule an appointment!