Oral cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer that chronic tobacco users and alcohol abusers develop at one point or another in their life. Whether you chew tobacco, smoke tobacco, or are a heavy drinker, your chances of developing oral cancer are increased by about 100%. To ensure that you catch any signs of cancer early on, we have created a brief guide listing the symptoms of this disease. Read on to learn more.
Red or White Patches
If you have started to notice that you have red or white patches across your cheeks, tongue, and roof of your mouth, this is a big indicator that you may have oral cancer.
A Sore That Doesn’t Heal
When your body is overcome by cancerous cells, it makes it hard for it to heal from something as simple as a canker sore. If you have a sore that bleeds easily or that is not healing, this is another sign of oral cancer.
If your oral cancer is a bit more advanced, you may experience difficulty doing everyday things such as chewing, swallowing, speaking, or even moving your tongue and jaw.
A sore throat or Hoarseness
You can hear a smoker from a mile away because their voice is typically a bit hoarse. If you have a chronic sore throat that won’t go away or if you are experiencing hoarseness, then it may be a sign of oral cancer.
Pain or Tenderness
Pain, numbness, and tenderness in the mouth or on the lips are all strong indicators that something is wrong and that you need to seek medical attention. Try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for a couple of days to try to feel more comfortable. If symptoms persist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Smith.
If you or a loved one have any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Smith today! Just like with any form of cancer, the sooner we catch it, the easier it will be to treat. To learn more about oral cancer screenings, contact Dr. Joel Smith.