For a variety of reasons, tumors and cysts may form in either the bones or the soft tissues of the mouth. While some may be harmless, others may threaten the health and function of the surrounding tissue. In this case, the tumor or cyst should often be removed surgically. In some cases, a biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnostic. If this is the case, our surgeons will discuss the results with you and recommend the best treatment.
What is oral lesion?
Oral pathology is the detection of diseases of the mouth, jaws, soft tissues and mucous membranes including the detection of the oral cancer.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Individuals at high risk factor are patients who smoke or chew any form of tobacco and drink alcohol (the risk is higher in those who smoke and drink at the same time). Patients with a weaker immune system have a higher risk of contracting oral cancer. Studies have also shown that patients have more chances to get oral cancer if they have HPV infection (human papillomavirus).
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Oral cancer in its early stages can be asymptomatic. However, several symptoms help detect an early oral cancer especially if these symptoms last more than a couple of weeks such as:
How do you self-screen for oral cancer?
Each month you must complete a self-screen of your neck, mouth, tongue, gum and lips. Verify that the color of your neck is the same everywhere, the size of both your left and right side of your neck must look and feel the same. Pull out your tongue to examine all sides with your fingers. Examine the color of your mouth, gum, upper and lower lips, they should have the same color and have no apparent or feel of a lump.
The earlier the oral cancer is diagnosed and assessed the higher the chances of survival.
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