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Unusual Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

Posted on 7/20/2019 by Todd Jorgenson
Unusual Signs You May Have Oral CancerNo one wants to find out that they have any type of cancer. While it is not something anyone wants, the reality is that the best way to treat cancer is to catch it in the early stages. To do that, you need to know the signs that your body shows you.

While there are some obvious signs of oral cancer, there are also some that are not as obvious. It is a good idea to know the more unusual signs of oral cancer to give you the best chance at treating it.

What is Oral Cancer?

Cancer is a growth of cells that invade other cells causing damage. Oral cancer involves the growth of the cells in the lips, cheeks, tongue, palate and the floor of the mouth. It also includes the sinuses and the throat.

When any type of oral cancer is not treated, it can spread to other areas and is life-threatening. Many people find out that they have oral cancer when they go to a health professional. The health professional can recognize signs and run tests to detect the cancer.

Spotting the Cancer

The problem with relying on a dental professional to spot the signs of oral cancer is that might not happen soon enough. It is better to see some of the signs yourself. This includes some signs that you may think are a sign of something else.

•  Ear Pain - If the ear pain affects only one side of the head, it might not have to do with an ear problem. Nerves in the tongue are connected to the ear and they can cause ear pain when there is a problem such as cancer.
•  Tongue Pain - The tongue is sensitive and sores from a form of cancer will cause pain in the tongue.
•  Bad breath - As the cancer cells grow, they use up more of the blood supply. That allows bacteria to grow and can result in bad breath.
•  Weight Loss - The pain in the mouth and tongue may cause a person to eat less without realizing it thus leading to unexplained weight loss.

Whenever you are looking for signs of oral cancer, it is easy to ignore one of them. Many times, it takes a combination of different things to trigger the thought that you may have a problem. If you do suspect that you have some signs of oral cancer, contact our dental professionals as soon as possible. The earlier you treat it, the better the outcome is.

Contact our dental professionals to schedule an appointment to make sure you maintain good oral health.

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