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Oral Cancer Warning Signs

Posted under Dental Health Tips on April 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
Oral Cancer Warning Signs

Oral cancer, represented by red, white or discolored lesions, patches or lumps in or around the mouth is typically painless in its early stages.

As the malignant cancer spreads and destroys healthy oral tissue, the lesions or lumps become more painful.

Oral cancer is sometimes difficult to self-diagnose, so routine dental exams are recommended.

See Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental immediately if you observe:

  • any sore that persists longer than two weeks
  • a swelling, growth or lump anywhere in or about the mouth or neck
  • white or red patches in the mouth or on the lips
  • repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat
  • difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness.

Any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask at your next visit with us!

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    • stDental

      Dear patient, an ulcer that does not heal for one year definitely warrant a biopsy from a dentist, preferably an oral surgeon. The tissue should be excised to include the outer border and be sent to an oral pathology lab and not just a regular lab for analysis. An oral pathologist should take a look at any possible tissue change. A dermatologist might also be a good resource for you, not a gynecologist. Let us know what happened. Keep us updated and good luck.