Oral cancer

Oral cancer

Recognizing oral cancer

Oral cancer is a little known disease. It can develop in several areas of the mouth and throat, including the tongue, lips, palate, salivary glands and tonsils.

Knowing the risk

  • Smoking and drinking heavily are the greatest risk factors. While each of these activities can trigger oral cancer on its own, together they have a multiplying effect.
  • Men aged 45 and older are two to three times more at risk of developing this type of cancer than women.
  • Some research also indicates that a diet lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables is a possible risk factor.

Detecting mouth cancer in its early stages

Your dentist can detect mouth cancer in its early stages by performing a clinical exam during a routine checkup. This is called early detection. This simple, painless examination will only take a few minutes.

What to watch out for

  • An open sore on the lip or in the mouth, like an ulcer, that does not heal within two weeks
  • A growth on the lip, in the mouth or throat
  • A red or white spot on the gums, tongue or side of the lip
  • Un renflement de la joue qui gêne le port de prothèses dentaires.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing or pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Swelling of the cheek that makes wearing a dental prosthesis uncomfortable
  • A change in tone of voice, hoarseness or the feeling that something is stuck in your throat
  • Unusual bleeding, numbness in the tongue, lips or skin of the face

Do Not Wait to Get Help

Many people hesitate to consult a dentist or doctor, because most of the sores caused by oral or throat cancer are not painful. We advise you not to wait, especially if you have a sore that has not healed within two weeks.

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