Mouth cancer (otherwise known as oral cancer) can occur either in the lining of the mouth or in deep tissues such as in the nerves, muscles and bones. It is one of the more treatable cancers and has a 90% success rate when caught in its primary stage. Unfortunately however, mouth cancer is one of the least talked about forms of cancer and not many people realise that they have it until it is more advanced, and when the success rate is lower.
Mouth Cancer Signs
The signs of mouth cancer do vary from person to person although the most common are:
• An ulcer or a sore in the mouth that does not heal and remains in place for three weeks or longer.
• Continual pain or discomfort in the mouth.
Aside from the above, a person suffering from mouth cancer may also be showing one or more of the following mouth cancer symptoms:
• Red or white patches in the mouth (one of the first signs of mouth cancer).
• Pain when swallowing or chewing.
• Unusual numbness or bleeding in the mouth.
• A change in your voice.
• A lump on the tongue, lip, mouth, throat or neck.
• Loose teeth.
• Weight loss.
Red or white patches in the mouth are one of the early signs of mouth cancer. They are actually abnormal cells that can be treated and have a 100% success rate, however if they are not noticed early enough they can go on to develop into cancer.
Mouth Cancer Treatment
If you have any of the above mouth cancer symptoms you are advised to speak to your doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis. Your doctor will perform a visual examination and then perform a tissue biopsy on the affected area. If the results come back positive it will be time to start mouth cancer treatment. The treatment will depend on how far the cancer has spread although it usually includes one or all of the following: radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery with radiation being the preferred mouth cancer remedy.
The success rate for mouth cancer treatment is 90% if it is found and treated whilst it is in the early stages. For this reason it is vitally important to speak to your doctor if you have any of the mouth cancer symptoms listed above. Regular visits to a dentist can also increase the chances of cancer being detected early.