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Oral cancer takes lives each year. But with early prevention and treatment, lives can be saved. Discover frequently asked questions about oral cancer:

What is oral cancer and where does it occur?

Oral cancer forms when there is cell production and regulation are not in tune with each other. As cells overproduce, the healthy tissue is destroyed. Oral cancer most commonly occurs in the tongue and floor of the mouth. However, oral cancer can also form in the gums, cheek, jaw, and other parts of the mouth.

Who is most susceptible to oral cancer?

People who smoke nicotine-products and drink excessively are most at-risk for oral cancer. This is due to the chemicals and harsh products that are entering your mouth through the cigarette or cigar, and your immune system cannot sufficiently fight these toxins due to being compromised by alcohol. The best way to prevent oral cancer is by quitting smoking and drinking right away.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

It’s wise to know the symptoms of oral cancer, so when you do your monthly, at-home mouth exam, you can know what to look for. The symptoms include:

  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Pain or tenderness in your mouth or lips
  • A sore that won’t go away

What should I do if I suspect oral cancer?

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above in your monthly, at-home mouth exam, we encourage you to reach out to an experienced oral surgeon right away. Dr. Tomlinson can diagnose your symptoms and discuss what treatment is available.

Dr. Tomlinson can diagnose and treat your oral cancer.

Oral cancer should be removed quickly to protect and maximize your overall health. If you see notice symptoms of oral cancer, call us right away: 706-549-5033