Oral cancer is, by far, the most severe oral condition that can have a devastating effect on your health. It is known to take hundreds of thousands of lives every year, making it one of the most prominent types of cancer. However, studies have proven that getting early diagnosis and treatment can be quite helpful in halting the spread of the disease and can significantly reduce the fatality rate.
What are the common causes of oral cancer?
Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes are the leading causes of oral cancer. Tobacco contains hundreds of carcinogens, which, when brought in contact with the mouth’s soft tissues, leads to cancerous cells’ formation. These cells grow and form clusters with time, leading to lumps and cysts under the soft tissues. If the condition isn’t treated during the initial phases, it could prove to be fatal.
Look out for the following symptoms:
- Tissue decay in the mouth that doesn’t seem to heal after a prolonged period.
- Cysts or lesions in the soft tissues.
- A hard lump in the mouth that pains when touched or pressed.
- A certain region in the mouth looks discolored compared to the surrounding tissues.
- Pain or extreme burning sensation in the mouth when you eat hot foods.
- Loss of sensation – the infected tissues become numb.
- Small sores on the inner lining of the mouth that release pus.
How do we screen for oral cancer?
We perform an oral cancer screening to detect the presence of cancer in the mouth and surrounding tissues. If its existence is confirmed, suitable treatment would be suggested to remove the infected tissues and kill the cancerous cells. Highly advanced cancer-detecting equipment such as the CDx and VELscope will be used to extract the oral tissues meticulously and screen them. We may also use an intraoral camera to get a better view of the tissues near the larynx and pharynx. If you observe any of the above-stated symptoms, it is best to get yourself diagnosed immediately.
Please reach out to us by scheduling a consultation with our team of dental experts, and we’ll guide you further.