Oral Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, & Treatments

February 15, 2019
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Each year in America, roughly 200,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer. With this type of cancer rampaging through the states, we aim to spread awareness about its risk factors, what to watch for, and how it can be treated.

Have you spotted an abnormality within your mouth? with us immediately.

Keep reading to discover the answers to frequently asked questions about oral cancer:

What risk factors are associated with oral cancer?

The biggest risk factors associated with oral cancer are using tobacco products and drinking alcohol excessively. When combined, the damage is two-fold. Alcohol weakens the body’s ability to fight against the tobacco chemicals that are trying to permeate the mouth’s tissues. Additionally, research has shown that men are more likely to be diagnosed with this type of cancer than women.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include red or white patches in your mouth, difficulty chewing or speaking, pain or tenderness in your mouth or lips, or a sore that won’t go away. This is why monthly, at-home mouth exams are so important! The sooner you can spot any abnormalities, the sooner you can start on a treatment to fight the disease. Read this informative blog to learn exactly how you should perform your at-home mouth exam.

What treatments are available for oral cancer?

There are several treatments available after an oral cancer diagnosis: medication, radiation therapy, and surgery. The treatment that is chosen will depend on multiple factors such as age, diagnosis, patient wishes, and others. A specialist will create a treatment plan for you and will help you during this trying time.

Dr. Tomlinson specializes in oral pathology (diseases or abnormalities occurring within the mouth). If you’ve noticed any oddities within your mouth, call us immediately: 706-549-5033.